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Learning style is defined as "relative differences in terms of mode of instructions that are most effective for individuals".

Pashler, McDaniel, Rohrer, and Bjork (2008)

Learning style is "the way in which learners prefer to receive and process information".

Felder (1996)

Identifying learners’ learning styles is very important for the educators in higher learning institutions as this will assist them to employ the appropriate teaching method according to their learners’ preferable learning styles.

Teaching environment of learners needed to match the learner’s preference of a specific learning style for enhanced:

Performance

Improve learners’ performance.

Satisfaction

Improve learners’ satisfaction.

Time to learn

Less time required to learn.

Felder & Silverman Learning Styles Model (FSLSM)

FSLSM classifies learners, using four dimensions: perception, input, processing and understanding. Each dimension is a composition of two opposite poles (learning styles)

  • Processing dimension

Active learning style

Doing something active with information.

  • Processing dimension

Reflective learning style

Thinking and reflecting about information.

  • Input dimension

Visual learning style

See pictures, flowcharts, timelines, graph.

  • Input dimension

Verbal learning style

Read and hear written and spoken exlanations.

  • Perception dimension

Sensing learning style

Learning the facts.

  • Perception dimension

Intuitive learning style

Discovering relationships.

  • Understanding dimension

Sequential learning style

Understanding in linear steps (Gradual).

  • Understanding dimension

Global learning style

Understanding in large jumps.


Two poles of each dimension are bipolar and complementary. For example, a learner with a strong active learning style simultaneously shows a weak preference for a reflective learning style. If the preferences are similar (either strong or weak), the learning style is balanced.