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Denisha Clayton

September 11, 2015

Technology in Education
University of Arkansas
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Article 1: Preferred Learning Styles of Postsecondary Technical Institute Instructors
Authors: Dale E. Thompson, Betsy Orr, Cecelia Thompson, Ok Park
Published: Summer 2002
Article 2: Pre-Service Teachers Perceived Success of Classroom Management Strategies
Authors: Betsy Orr, Cecelia Thompson, Dale E. Thompson
Published: Spring/Summer 1999
Article 3: Learning Styles of Postsecondary Students Enrolled in Vocational Technical Institutes
Authors: Dale E. Thompson, Betsy Orr, Cecelia Thompson, Ok Park
Published: Summer 1999
Article 1 Summary
Teachers teach the way that they were taught. After teachers learn more about teachers
learning styles, they begin to gain their own personal learning style. Teachers are able to obtain
several different learning styles but must be able to depict which one will be most suitable for
their students. There are many different learning styles and not all teachers will agree to them but
can adjust to fit them best. Learning styles are not even comparable. Each one has its own
benefits and downfalls. They are not related to intelligence, mental ability or actual learning
performance. These styles can be identified as our perceptions of our natural learning strengths
based on our behaviors, characteristics and mannerisms.
There are four learning/teaching channels outlined by Gregorc: concrete, sequential,
abstract sequential, abstract random and concrete random. Each channel has its own qualities.
Some of those including perfection of hands-on activity, insightfulness and well organized
detailed planners. Bimodel individuals are strong in two learning styles that are capable to
operate more than one channel. Studies have found that students with three of the four channels
were making higher grades, when they were mismatched with teachers that used a learning style
that did not match their style. Studies have also found that students paired with their matching
learning style have higher scores on specific tests.
This specific study was to determine if there was a predominant learning style among
postsecondary instructors at technical institutes in Arkansas. Also, if there is a significant
difference in instructors learning style and some of their personal characteristics. After the study
was carried out, data found that there are an equal percentage of students that were tested
dominant in more than one learning style and the same for a single learning style. Most
postsecondary instructors tend to teach with a the learning style of concrete sequential with
organized steps, structured work and to the point attitude. In the end, teachers have to make sure
that they are meeting the needs of their students in the learning style that fits the students best. It
is encouraged that the colleges instructors understand their personal learning style and how it
may relate to the learners learning style.