Institute of Learning Styles Research

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Parry, D. (2000). The effect of perceptual learning style and computer self-efficacy on achievement and preference for instruction: A comparison of lecture, computer-assisted and internet-based instruction (Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisville, KY, 2000). Dissertation Abstracts International, 61(08A), 3024.


The purpose of this study was to add to the base of knowledge surrounding the concept of perceptual learning styles. Research by Gilley, Cherry, Coolidge-Parker, Butler-Tindell, and Harrison were among a few who have pioneered the area of perceptual learning style. This research focused on perceptual learning style as measured by the MMPALT-III and instructional preference and self-efficacy as measured by an instructional preference/self-efficacy survey and their affect on achievement scores among dental students at a large mid-western university. This population exhibited the seven perceptual learning styles originally hypothesized by French (1976a). The three dominant perceptual learning styles in this sample were haptic, interactive, and visual which varied from previous studies. Computer self-efficacy did not appear to affect test outcomes in this population. However, there appeared to be some relationship between four of the perceptual learning styles (haptic, kinesthetic, aural, and visual) and the ability to achieve in different educational settings. This study specifically addressed instruction delivered in classroom, Internet, and computer-assisted modules to senior dental students.

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