Date of Award

5-2019

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis

Department

Speech and Hearing Sciences

First Advisor

Kimberly Ward, Ph.D.

Advisor Department

Speech and Hearing Sciences

Abstract

Learning styles can be described as an individual’s unique way of assimilating new information based on his/her preferences and methods of acquiring knowledge. The awareness of a student’s learning style preference can be beneficial to both students and instructors. The goal of this project was aimed at identifying the learning style preferences of undergraduates in the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology programs within the state of Mississippi. The researchers surveyed 137 participants involved in this study by utilizing the Kolb Learning Style Inventory and the VARK Questionnaire. Results from this study revealed that students enrolled as undergraduates in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology had a significant preference for the Kinesthetic and Diverging learning styles. These learners need problem-centered learning activities, hands-on, real-world scenarios to promote critical thinking and understanding to supplement their learning process. This information could be useful to instructors as they continue to revise and update courses.

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