Learning Styles: From History to Future Reasearch Implications for Distance Learning

  • Heloisa Moura Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago
Palavras-chave: Learning styles, cognitive styles, learning preferences, learning strategies


The literature on learning styles offers a wide and confusing array of concepts. Despite that, experimental studies confirm their influence on learners’ attitudes, values, degree of social interaction, and way of processing information, affecting academic performance. In consequence, learning styles research has, increasingly, been used as the theoretical foundation for the development of learning materials and Distance Learning Environments. The field, however, would benefit from both the systematization of the concepts available, and from their further investigation, since, from the plethora of models available for categorizing learning styles, only a few have been well validated. This paper reviews the literature on learning styles, systematizing the findings, pointing at the major unsolved problems and giving suggestions for future research.


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