Learning style preferences of undergraduate nursing students
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Learning style preferences of undergraduate nursing students

Goolam Hussein Rassool Professor of addiction and mental health, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Salman Rawaf Director of public health, Wandsworth Teaching Primary Care Trust, London

Aim To determine the predominant learning style preferences of undergraduate nursing students.

Method A demographic questionnaire and Honey and Mumford’s (2000a) learning styles questionnaire were administered to a purposive sample of 136 students.

Results A response rate of 81% (110) was obtained. The results are congruent with UK studies, which show that the reflector is the preferred learning style of undergraduate nursing students. A ‘dual’ learning style category was also identified.

Conclusion A mismatch between teaching style and the learning styles of students has been found to have serious consequences. A variety of modes of teaching and learning should be used to meet the learning needs of students.

Nursing Standard. 21, 32,35-42. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.04.21.32.35.c4495

Correspondence

grassool@sgul.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review