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Learning Styles

  • By: Craig L. Frisby
  • In: Encyclopedia of School Psychology
  • Edited by: Steven W. Lee
  • Subject:School/Educational Psychology (general), School Psychology, Educational Psychology

A “learning style” can be thought of as habitual patterns in how a person learns or in how a person prefers to learn. The manner in which people think, learn, and process information is often influenced by their attitudes, feelings, and preferences. Furthermore, the nature of this influence differs from person to person. Both preservice and in-service teachers are socialized to be sensitive to the unique educational needs of learners for which they have responsibility. Teachers are often encouraged to individualize instruction, as much as possible, within their classrooms. This climate has led to an interest in the learning styles of students.

Education researchers attempt to apply research in learning styles to explanations for academic achievement and school performance. This research activity is typically framed in ...

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