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Baseline data – determining thinking preferences

Abstract:

Most lecturers take a traditional view of students being a homogeneous learning group and assume in their teaching that ‘one fits all’. In this chapter the focus is on the data collected over the past 15 years from 1000 university students and 312 lecturers in various faculties. Each group’s data is presented in a figure highlighting the group average, the composite profile of the group and a preference map.Our analysis of the data confirms the statement made by Herrmann in 1995 that every classroom represents a complete spectrum of learning style preferences and avoidances. We conclude that it is not necessary to profile each and every student, but rather to adapt your style of facilitating ...

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