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Perceptual Learning-Style Preference Questionnaire

by Joy Reid

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People learn in many different ways. For example, some people learn primarily wit t eir eyes !"isual learners# or wit t e ears !auditory learners#$ some people prefer to learn by experience and%or by & ands-on& tas's !'inest etic or tactile learners#$ some people learn better w en t ey wor' alone w ile ot ers prefer to learn in groups. ( is )uestionnaire as been designed to elp you identify t e way!s# you learn best--t e way!s# you prefer to learn. Read eac statement on t e following pages. Please respond to t e statements *S (+,- *PPL(. -./R S(/0- .F ,12L3S+. 0ecide w et er you agree or disagree wit eac statement. For example, if you strong agree, mar'4

SA Strongly agree 5

A *gree

U /ndecided

D 0isagree

SD Strongly 0isagree

Please respond to eac statement )uic'ly, wit out too muc t oug t. (ry not to c ange your responses after you c oose t em. Please answer all t e )uestions. Please use a pen to mar' your c oices. Perceptual Learning-Style Preference Questionnaire SA Strongly agree 5 3tem 6. 7 en t e teac er tells me t e instructions 3 understand better. 8. 3 prefer to learn by doing somet ing in class. 9. 3 get more wor' done w en 3 wor' wit ot ers. :. 3 learn more w en 3 study wit a group. S* * / 0 S0 A *gree U /ndecided D 0isagree SD Strongly 0isagree

;. 3n class, 3 learn best w en 3 wor' wit ot ers. <. 3 learn better by reading w at t e teac er writes on t e c al'board. =. 7 en someone tells me ow to do somet ing in class, 3 learn it better. >. 7 en 3 do t ings in class, 3 learn better. ?. 3 remember t ings 3 a"e eard in class better t an t ings 3 a"e read. 6@. 7 en 3 read instructions, 3 remember t em better. 66. 3 learn more w en 3 can ma'e a model of somet ing. 68. 3 understand better w en 3 read instructions. 69. 7 en 3 study alone, 3 remember t ings better. 6:. 3 learn more w en 3 ma'e somet ing for a class proAect. 6;. 3 enAoy learning in class by doing experiments. 6<. 3 learn better w en 3 ma'e drawings as 3 study. 6=. 3 learn better in class w en t e teac er gi"es a lecture. 6>. 7 en 3 wor' alone, 3 learn better. 6?. 3 understand t ings better in class w en 3 participate in roleplaying. 8@. 3 learn better in class w en 3 listen to someone. 86. 3 enAoy wor'ing on an assignment wit two or t ree classmates. 88. 7 en 3 build somet ing, 3 remember w at 3 a"e learned better. 89. 3 prefer to study wit ot ers. 8:. 3 learn better by reading t an by listening to someone. 8;. 3 enAoy ma'ing somet ing for a class proAect. 8<. 3 learn best in class w en 3 can participate in related acti"ities. 8=. 3n class, 3 wor' better w en 3 wor' alone. 8>. 3 prefer wor'ing on proAects by myself.

8?. 3 learn more by reading textboo's t an by listening to lectures. 9@. 3 prefer to wor' by myself

Self-Scoring Sheet
Instructions ( ere are ; )uestions for eac learning category in t is )uestionnaire. ( e )uestions are grouped below according to eac learning style. ,ac )uestion you answer as a numerical "alue.

SA Strongly agree ;

A *gree :

U /ndecided 9

D 0isagree 8

SD Strongly 0isagree 6

Fill in t e blan's below wit t e numerical "alue of eac answer. For example, if answered Strongly *gree !S*# for )uestion < !a "isual )uestion#, write a number ; !S*# on t e blan' next to )uestion < below. Visual <B; 7 en you a"e completed all t e numerical "alues for Visual, add t e numbers. Cultiply t e answer by 8, and put t e total in t e appropriate blan'. Follow t e process for eac of t e learning style categories. 7 en you are finis ed, loo' at t e scale at t e bottom of t e page$ it will elp you determine your maAor learning style preference!s#, your minor learning style preference!s#, and t ose learning style!s# t at are negligible. 3f you need elp, please as' your teac er.

Disual Question < 6@ 68 8: Score

8? (otal Score B (otal x 8

(actile Question 66 6: 6< 88 8; (otal Score B (otal x 8 *uditory Question 6 = ? 6= 8@ (otal Score B (otal x 8 2roup Question 9 : Score Score Score

; 86 89 (otal Score B (otal x 8 Einest etic Question 8 > 6; 6? 8< (otal Score B (otal x 8 3ndi"idual Question 69 6> 8= 8> 9@ (otal Score B (otal x 8 CaAor learning Style Preference Cinor Learning Style Preference 9>-;@ 8;-9= Score Score

1egligible

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Explanation of Learning Style Preferences


Students learn in many different ways. ( e )uestionnaire you completed and scored s owed w ic ways you prefer to learn ,nglis . 3n many cases, studentsF learning style preferences s ow ow well students learn material in different situations. ( e explanations of maAor learning style preferences below describe t e c aracteristics of t ose learners. ( e descriptions will gi"e you some information about ways in w ic you learn best.

Visual Major Learning Style Preference


-ou learn well from seeing words in boo's, on t e c al'board, and in wor'boo's. -ou remember and understand information and instructions better if you read t em. -ou donFt need as muc oral explanation as an auditory learner, and you can often learn alone, wit a boo'. -ou s ould ta'e notes of lectures and oral directions if you want to remember t e information.

Au itory Major Learning Style Preference


-ou learn from hearing words spo'en and from oral explanations. -ou may remember information by reading aloud or mo"ing your lips as you read, especially w en you are learning new material. -ou benefit from earing audio tapes, lectures, and class discussions. -ou benefit from ma'ing tapes to listen to, by teac ing ot er students, and by con"ersing wit your teac er.

!inesthetic Major Learning Style Preference


-ou learn best by experience, by being in"ol"ed p ysically in classroom experiences. -ou remember information well w en you acti"ely participate in acti"ities, field trips, and role-playing in t e classroom. * combination of stimuli--for example, an audiotape combined wit an acti"ity-will elp you understand new material.

"actile Major Learning Style Preference


-ou learn best w en you a"e t e opportunity to do & ands-on& experiences wit materials. ( at is, wor'ing on experiments in a laboratory, andling and building models, and touc ing and wor'ing wit materials pro"ide you wit t e most successful learning situation. 7riting notes or instructions can elp you remember information, and p ysical in"ol"ement in class related acti"ities may elp you understand new information.

#roup Major Learning Style Preference


-ou learn more easily w en you study wit at least one ot er student, and you will be more successful completing wor' well w en you wor' wit ot ers. -ou "alue group interaction and class wor' wit ot er students, and you remember information better w en you wor' wit two or t ree classmates. ( e stimulation you recei"e from group wor' elps you learn and understand new information.

In i$i ual Major Learning Style Preference

-ou learn best w en you wor' alone. -ou t in' better w en you study alone, and you remember information you learn by yourself. -ou understand new material best w en you learn it alone, and you ma'e better progress in learning w en you wor' by yourself.

Minor Learning Styles


3n most cases, minor learning styles indicate areas w ere you can function well as a learner. /sually a "ery successful learner can learn in se"eral different ways.

%egligi&le Learning Styles


.ften, a negligible score indicates t at you may a"e difficulty learning in t at way. .ne solution may be to direct your learning to your stronger styles. *not er solution mig t be to try to wor' on some of t e s'ills to strengt en your learning style in t e negligible area.
( is explanation was adapted from t e G.3.(.,. Learning Styles 3nstrument, Curdoc (eac er Genter, 7ic ita, Eansas <=8@>. Gopyrig t 6?>:, by Joy Reid. 3f you wis to use t is )uestionnaire, contact Joy Reid.