Are mathematics students' learning styles related to their preferred method of learning how to use advanced calculators?

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    One of the learning styles models used for investigating students’ preferences is based on the Visual, Aural, Read-Write or Kinesthetic (VARK) modalities for receiving information. This paper presents the research findings of a survey study on Singaporean and Australian students, contrasting students’ VARK preferences with their instructional learning preferences when using graphing calculators and calculators with computer algebra systems (advanced calculators). Students filled in an adapted 7-item instrument about their VARK preferences, and were also asked to indicate their most preferred instructional method of learning how to use the calculators to solve mathematics problems. It was found that students generally preferred visual and kinesthetic instructional methods when learning how to use calculators, regardless of their VARK preferences. Results also show that there were regional differences in students’ VARK preferences. Overall, the results suggest that students adapt their learning preferences to different contexts, and that advanced calculators lend themselves to visual and kinesthetic modalities of learning.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics
    EditorsWei-Chi Yang, Douglas B. Meade, Krongthong Khairiree
    Place of PublicationPattaya Thailand
    PublisherMathematics and Technology LLC
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)9780997280708
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2016
    EventAsian Technology Conference in Mathematics (ATCM) 2016 - Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Pattaya, Thailand
    Duration: 14 Dec 201618 Dec 2016
    Conference number: 21st


    ConferenceAsian Technology Conference in Mathematics (ATCM) 2016
    Abbreviated titleATCM 2016
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    • Education
    • Technology
    • Mathematics Education

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