Enhancing eighth grade students' learning of buoyancy: The interaction of teachers' instructional approach and students' learning preference styles

Hsiao-Ching She*

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Abstract

This study investigates the potential of enhancing students' learning of difficult science concepts by exploring the interaction between teachers' four different instructional approaches and students' four different learning preference styles. Students' immediate performance and their retention for learning of buoyancy concepts serve to examine the effects, using the concept of "buoyancy," which has been classified as a difficult concept because it is at a higher hierarchical level and involves the understanding of both matter and process. Results indicate that students' post-test scores were significantly affected by both the types of instruction and students' learning preference styles; while students' retention test scores were significantly affected by the types of instructions. Moreover, this study does not support that matching teaching style with students' learning preference would make students' learning more effective. Nevertheless, because procedural learning preference styles (QB-learning preference) students performed better on the retention test than other learning preference styles students, it indicates the possibility that procedural learners are more efficient than others for learning such higher hierarchical and difficult concepts, regardless of the types of instruction students receive.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-624
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Science and Mathematics Education
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2005

Keywords

  • Instructional approach
  • Learning preference style
  • Science concept learning

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