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Students’ Need for Structure—the Forgotten Learning Styles Preference
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 Education.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The need for structure has not been analyzed to any great extent even though previous research has shown its importance for students. The purpose of this study was therefore to identify, describe, and examine the need for structure among teachers and students as well as to understand students’ perceptions of this need. The theoretical framework is based on Dunns´ Learning Styles Model. Data were collected using the learning styles test, Productivity Environmental Preference Survey (PEPS), (n=525) and students’) essays (n=35) on study strategies wherein the concept of need for structure was analyzed. The study found that a) there is a great need for structure among students (54%–68%), b) there is a statistically significant difference between students and teachers (p = 0.001), and c) there are qualitative changes in students’ perceptions of the content concept high preferences for structure. They were divided into the five following categories: need from outside, personality traits, ask for help, make own structure, and consequences. The results indicate the need for enhanced educational strategies and in-depth didactic discussion on the practical educational activities relating to structure and the importance of students themselves to create awareness of the need for structure to become more autonomous.

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2015.
Keyword [en]
academic achievement, structure, students, teachers
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Pedagogical Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-27556OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-27556DiVA: diva2:923568
Conference
ELSIN 20th International Conference, Exeter, UK, June 30-July 3, 2015
Available from: 2016-04-26 Created: 2016-04-26 Last updated: 2016-09-29Bibliographically approved

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