The Relationship between Learning Styles (Kolb Learning Styles) and Adaptive Teaching Method; A Case Study on Students of Jahad-e-Daneshgahi-Applied Scientific University of Zahedan, Iran, the Second Semester of 2014-2015 Educational Year

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Mahbubeh Kahkhayi 1 , naser nastiezaie 2 , *

1 M.Sc. Student of Educational Administration, Zahedan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Zahedan, Iran, Iran

2 PhD in Educational Administration, Department of Educational Planning and Management, School of Education and Psychology, University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Zahedan, Iran, Iran

How to Cite: Kahkhayi M , nastiezaie N. The Relationship between Learning Styles (Kolb Learning Styles) and Adaptive Teaching Method; A Case Study on Students of Jahad-e-Daneshgahi-Applied Scientific University of Zahedan, Iran, the Second Semester of 2014-2015 Educational Year , Strides Dev Med Educ. 2016 ; 13(2):e57959.

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Strides in Development of Medical Education: 13 (2); e57959
Published Online: June 15, 2016
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 11, 2017
Accepted: October 21, 2015

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Abstract

Background & Objective: Knowledge about the nature and types of learners’ learning styles can help teachers to adjust their teaching methods with students’ learning styles to achieve the desired educational outcomes. This study aimed to investigate the relationship of students’ learning styles (based on Kolb learning Styles) and adaptive teaching method.

Methods: In this descriptive-correlation study, 250 students in Elmi-Karbordi higher education ‎center at Zahedan Jahad-e-Daneshgahi, Iran, were selected via simple random sampling model. For collecting the data, the learning styles of Kolb and adaptive teaching method questionnaires were used. The data were analyzed using Pearson correlation and regression analysis tests.

Results: The amounts of correlation coefficient of assimilating, divergent, accommodating, convergent learning styles and adaptive teaching method were 0.810, 0.765, 0.795, and 0.809, respectively (P < 0.001). In addition, based on the regression analysis of learning styles, convergent (β = 0.491) and divergent (β = 0.300) methods had the greatest impacts on adaptive teaching method, respectively (P < 0.001).

Conclusion: Given the positive and meaningful correlation between the learning styles with adaptive teaching method, teachers of educational centers are suggested to use adaptive teaching method based on learning-based activities, assessment of learners’ needs, engaging students in the teaching process and flexibility for personal development.

Keywords

Learning styles Kolb learning styles Adaptive teaching method

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