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Learning Theory: Applying Kolb’s Learning Style
Inventory with Computer Based Training
© Copyright Harold Henke, 1996, 2001 all rights reserved
Author’s note: This paper was written in 1996 as a project paper for a course on Learning Theory. This paper was reformatted in June, 2001.

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Organization ................................................................................................. 3 Introduction ................................................................................................. 4 Problem Statement........................................................................................4 Literature Review Overview .........................................................................4 Kolb’s Learning Style Inventory ....................................................................5 Validity of Kolb’s Learning Style Inventory .....................................................6 Application of Learning Style Inventory .........................................................8 Recommendations ....................................................................................... 12 Future Research .......................................................................................... 13 Validity of Kolb Learning Style Inventory ..................................................... 13 Review of Other Learning Style Instruments ................................................ 13 Self-selection and Learning Styles .............................................................. 13 Appendix A: Learning Styles ......................................................................... 14 Bibliography ............................................................................................... 15

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Organization
This paper is organized as follows:







Introduction-brief description of the purpose of this paper. Problem Statement-short statement on what research problem is described in this paper.
Literature Review Overview - brief description of the learning style theory, primarily Kolb’s, review of the validity of the Kolb Learning Style Inventory, and review of literature where Kolb Learning style theory was applied to course design. Recommendations-set of recommendations on how to apply learning style theory to computer based training.

Further Research-discussion on areas where further research could be conducted to solve this problem statement.
Bibliography-list of articles referenced in this paper.

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Introduction
The purpose of this paper is to describe how an aspect of learning theory, specifically learning styles, can be applied to the development of computer based training. Information gathered from literature searches on learning theory and computer based training will be presented along with recommendations and suggestions for further research.

The reason computer based training was chosen as a variable, instead of traditional coursework, such as lecture, is that computer based training is a fast growing field. Filipczak cites statistics that 43 percent of all US organizations with more than 100 employees are using CBT as part of their training programs.(Filipczak, 1993). On the other hand, Russ-Eft, states that only 40 percent of companies surveyed used CBT. (Russ-Eft, 1994). Russ-Eft considers this a low number. The disagreement between the two authors is similar to whether the glass is half-empty or half-full. I believe that the advent of the Internet and the World Wide Web combined with highspeed modems and Integrated Services Digital Network, which allow one phone line to simultaneously support both data and voice, the ability to deliver computer based training to home and office will create demand by consumers. This consumer (or student) demand will fuel development of computer based training by both industry and university. (And not to mention the cable television industry.) For this reason, computer based...
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