Secondary students' VARK sensory preferences in science learning: Are they reliable?
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Secondary students' VARK sensory preferences in science learning: Are they reliable?

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dc.contributor.author Ortega Torres, Enric
dc.contributor.author Solaz Portolés, Joan Josep
dc.contributor.author López Sanjosé, Vicente
dc.date.accessioned 2020-12-09T16:41:38Z
dc.date.available 2020-12-09T16:41:38Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10550/76595
dc.description.abstract Students' sensory preferences (SP), that is, the ways or channels they prefer to receive the information, have been proposed as personal factors influencing science learning. Sorne studies relate improvement in learning to the adequacy of instructional resources to individual SP. A widely used instrument to determine SP is the VARK questionnaire. However, the individual SP has to be reliable to be considered useful to improve instruction. There are not enough studies on the reliability of this questionnaire. This study aimed to assess the reliability (temporal stability) of SP, as measured by the VARK instrument. Also, the reliability of the student's subjective perception of his/her personal SP was evaluated. A mixed methodology was used, combining techniques for obtaining both quantitative and qualitative information. The sample was made of 582 male and female students, from 7th to 11th grades. The questionnaire was administered twice to a subsample of students, with a few months' delay. Besides, a small group of students was interviewed. In the analysis of the results, using chi-square tests (X2) and a repeated measure MANCOVA, no massive permanent changes in the group distribution of SP were found along with secondary education. This would be useful for teachers to adapt learning materials to their students' preferences. The individual SP was stable enough under a permissive criterion, but not when a stricter standard was used. Besides, the reliability of students' self-perception of SP was low.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Periódico Tchê Química, 2020, vol. 17, num. 36, p. 440-456
dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.source Ortega Torres, Enric; Solaz Portolés, Joan Josep; López Sanjosé, Vicente 2020 Secondary students' VARK sensory preferences in science learning: Are they reliable? Periódico Tchê Química 17 36 440 456
dc.subject Ciència Ensenyament
dc.subject Educació secundària
dc.subject Aprenentatge
dc.title Secondary students' VARK sensory preferences in science learning: Are they reliable?
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.date.updated 2020-12-09T16:41:39Z
dc.identifier.idgrec 141865

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