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  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Investigating Learning Style Preferences for Conceptual Physics Students
  Meeting: 127th AAPT National Meeting: Madison, WI
  Location: Hall of Ideas H
  Date: Monday, Aug. 4
  Time: 9:00AM
  Author: Steven Sahyun, Univ. of Wisconsin - Whitewater
262-472-5113, sahyuns@uww.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: The VARK questionnaire is a Web-based test that assesses a student's preferred learning style as Visual, Auditory, Read/Write, Kinesthetic, or Multi-modal. This study will focus on a comparison between the learning styles defined by the VARK questionnaire and student performance on pre- and post-tests for students in a one-semester conceptual physics course at a mid-sized regional university. The subject population primarily consists of students who expect to teach at the K-6 level. The physics course is a highly interactive class involving flashcard feedback, small-group activities, and group projects.
  Footnotes: None

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