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Learning Style Differences between Nursing and Teacher Students in Sweden: A Comparative Study
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9182-6403
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Nursing Sciences.
2013 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The teaching profession has been continually challenged to provide evidence of the effectiveness of teaching and learning methods. Teacher education as well as nursing education  are currently undergoing reforms in Sweden Hence, it is important for educational institutions to be aware of the different ways that their students learn and it is importance for prospective teachers and nurses to become aware of their own learning styles. The purpose of this research was to explore the learning styles preferences for two student groups: teachers and nurses to analyze their differences in the light of international research on learning styles. The study involved 78 teacher students and 78 nursing students. Twenty subscales of the Productivity Environmental Preference Survey (PEPS) (Dunn, Dunn, & Price, 1984; 1991; 2000) were used to identify the learning-styles preferences of the participants. The results showed statistically significant differences between the two student groups. Based on the results, it can be concluded that in comparison to teacher students, nursing students differed in need for light, motivation, kinesthetic preferences, and need for authorities  More teacher students than nursing students preferred intake, morning work and were more persistent. The findings suggested the need for widely diverse teaching approaches and conscious didactic action skills in higher education as well as implementation of learning strategies for students.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013.
Keyword [en]
learning styles preferences, nursing students, teacher students, teaching strategies
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-19663OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-19663DiVA: diva2:638470
Conference
NFPF/NERA´s 41 th Congress, Reykjavik, Mars 2013.
Available from: 2013-07-30 Created: 2013-07-30 Last updated: 2016-09-29Bibliographically approved

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