Effects of Learning Styles to the Academic Performance

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Learning styles to Academic performance

September 28, 2012

Chapter 1
THE PROBLEM

A. Introduction

Xavier University Ateneo de Cagayan is one of the University that aims for a higher learning towards the students. It is also concerned on how students learn by means of their different learning styles, this only means that they learn differently and uniquely especially when they know what’s best for them. Students in Xavier University are being observed, guided and tested by the teachers in many ways like seeing, hearing and experiencing things first hand.

Dunn(2000), defined learning style as the way a person processes, internalizes and studies new and challenging material. The cornerstone of this theory is the most people can learn and individuals have their own unique ways of mastering new and difficult subject matter. Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic and Tactile are perceptual elements under the physiological element of the Dunn’s model.

In this way, researchers would like to study the students unique learning styles, in what way are they good at and what’s the best learning style for them as an individual.

B. Conceptual Framework

Figure 1 shows the conceptual framework of the study.

INDEPENDENT VARIABLE DEPENDENT VARIABLE

Learning Styles

Knowledge

Independent variable influences the dependent variable of this research by the bases from both educational and psychological theories and concepts. Many studies show that one’s learning style is determined by which senses are most active while acquiring knowledge. It also helps one know where he understands and gain knowledge more by knowing which learning style best suits him. That is why a lot of specialists have produced models which we can determine how we best learn. Neil Fleming’s VAK/VARK model is one of the most common and widely-used categorizations of...
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