Looking at a Learning Styles Research Paper: A Critical Evaluation
Keywords: learning styles, strategies, research evaluation
Shinawatra International University, Thailand
Robert Kirkpatrick has a PHD from Curtin University of Technology and has been teaching at universities in Asia for over 16 years. He currently lectures on the Master of Teaching English as an International Language (MTEIL) at SIU University in Bangkok, and has a special interest in philosophy of education, research methodology and high stakes language proficiency tests.
This report evaluates a major study of the learning styles of EFL students. This critical evaluation brings out some of the weaknesses and strengths of research in the area of learning strategies and shows how a technically correct methodology can still lead to somewhat bland results. The report makes recommendations for deeper probing and more precise questions when trying to learn about learning styles.