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Learning Styles Educational Research in the Scandinavian Contexts: Does It Really Matter?
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Education.
2016 (English)In: Learning Styles and Strategies: Assessment, Performance and Effectiveness / [ed] Noah Preston, New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2016, 88-102 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Since learning styles theory is widely used in the Scandinavian educational context, much because of regulations on individualization in curricula and because of this educational focus being questioned now and then, this is a reanalysis of existing educational research on the most comprehensive learning styles model, namely The Dunn and Dunn Learning Style  Model and its results and contribution to international research. The research concerning methodological approaches and study objects, unlike the international research, shows a wide variety. This causes different ontological and epistemological starting points, which entails problematization and development of the theory. The themes most focused are different populations’ learning styles from preschool to university students, with the aim of providing implications for teachers’ teaching and students’ metacognition. This seems to be more important than ever, partly in view of emphasizing individualization, partly the change from elite to mass education. Another research is the confirmation of the international findings regarding instructional methods, but also emphasizing that a large majority of students need high structure. This has implications for development of inclusive didactics, for example. Further, there is in the Scandinavian research a conceptualization of concepts related to learning styles, in relation to the learning process and its impact on personal development. In summary, this reanalysis shows that learning styles are important in the Scandinavian context and that the research has used a broader methodological repertoire than the international research, and thus has caught some further important aspects of the theory in depth.

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New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2016. 88-102 p.
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Learning-styles, Scandinavian Context, Sweden
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-29161Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85021975321ISBN: 978-1-63485-669-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-29161DiVA: diva2:1040772
Available from: 2016-10-28 Created: 2016-10-28 Last updated: 2017-08-11Bibliographically approved

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