Learning styles: Learning that empowers students?

Tofi Rahal

Abstract


Despite much disagreement, educators and psychologists agree
that different students learn differently. Learning differences
come under many labels, such as ‘learning styles’, ‘thinking
styles’, ‘personality types’ or ‘multiple intelligences’. This paper
supports the use of learning style models as a theoretical
framework for quality educational development in the Arab
Gulf Countries. It will (a) briefly explore various learning styles
models, with primary focus on the Dunn & Dunn model and its
assessment instruments; (b) review key research conducted
internationally, as well as locally at Zayed University; (c) examine
the benefits of using multimodal and multisensory instructional
packages in various disciplines; (d) consider divergent ideas
and thoughts on the value of introducing learning style based
education.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18538/lthe.v7.n2.45