Albert A. Canfield, Ph.D.
The Learning Styles Inventory (LSI) makes it easier to determine which learning environments and which instructors are best for particular students. In both academic settings and industrial training programs, the LSI may improve student or trainee performance and reduce dropout rates.
Designed for junior high, high school and college students as well as adults, the LSI is a self-report inventory that measures learning preferences. It is composed of 30 items that give you four kinds of information:
- Preferred Conditions for Learning: Does the student like teamwork, independent study, competition, classroom discipline, organised coursework, a close relationship with the instructor, or detailed information on assignments and requirements?
- Areas of Interest: Does the student like to work with numbers, language, things or people?
- Mode of Learning: Does the student prefer to obtain new information through listening, reading, interpreting illustrations, graphs or through hands-on experience?
- Expectation for Course Grade: How well does the student expect to perform in the class?
LSI scores are used to classify the student into one of nine learner types. This Learner Typology allows you to identify groups of students who have similar learning styles.
The LSI may be completed in just 15-20 minutes. Students may easily score their own tests and classify themselves on the Learner Typology grid. This saves you time and also gives students immediate feedback.
Standardised on more than 2,500 individuals, the LSI is available in four forms. Form A uses college norms; Form B, high school norms; and Form C, junior high school norms. These three forms all have a 7th-grade reading level. Form E is an easy-to-read edition, with college norms and a 4th-grade reading level.
In counselling centres, classrooms, and industrial training programs, the LSI is used to adapt instructional strategies to learner needs, to design alternative curricula, to help individuals select courses or work environments compatible with their learning styles and to help reduce dropout rates.
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