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Learning Styles and Training Methods

Author(s): Jawahitha Sarabdeen

Journal: Communications of the IBIMA
ISSN 1943-7765

Volume: 2013;
Issue: 311167;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Learning Styles | Training | Trainers | Trainees.

As the learners have their own preference in learning, trainers should customise their training programmes and training methods to maximize the outcome of the training. This paper analyses the major theories on learning styles and applies one of them to the students in Dubai to understand their various learning styles. The research applied Fleming’s VARK theory through survey conducted among 106 students and the result shows that there are variations in learning preference. Most of the students fall within reader or writer and kinaesthetic categories. The research also confirmed that the students could possibly have more than one learning styles. Thus the research in theory confirmed the earlier research findings that learning styles must be taken into consideration for better learning outcome. The practical implication is that the trainers should adopt various learning strategies to achieve the learning objective.

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