Learning styles compared across health science courses

Lovie-Kitchin, Jan E., Coonan, Irene, Sanderson, Ruth, & Thompson, Briony M. (1989) Learning styles compared across health science courses. Higher Education Research and Development, 8(1), pp. 27-37.


The Honey and Mumford Learning Style questionnaire was applied to undergraduate students at the first and third year level courses in Nursing, Optometry and Podiatry in the Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Health Science, and to students in the post-graduate courses in Nursing and Nutrition and Dietetics. With one exception, there were no significant differences between first and third year student results for any learning style of course. The mean scores from all courses fell within the normal range defined by Honey and Mumford, but some differences were identified in the preferred learning style across the different disciplines.
The implications of these findings are discussed with respect to the use of different teaching techniques such as structured lectures, practical exercises, case discussions and role-play, as the findings may be used to predict the type of instructional techniques which would be most effective. Recommendations are made on the most appropriate of these techniques for different health science courses.

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ID Code: 5662
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details: j.lovie-kitchin@qut.edu.au
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ISSN: 1469-8366
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1989 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Higher Education Research and Development 8(1):pp. 27-37.
Deposited On: 01 Dec 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 07:16

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