A comparison of the learning styles of at-risk students and students not at risk
Stayer, Bonnie L.
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The purpose of this study was to compare the learning styles of at-risk students and students not at risk. The procedure followed was first to obtain permission from the Human Subjects Review Committee, the high school principals, and the principal of the at-risk program to administer a learning styles inventory. students in regular English classes (i.e., not honors or basic classes) volunteered by returning permission forms signed by themselves and a parent or guardian. The principal of the at-risk program required all of the students in the program to take the survey, therefore, permission forms were not signed by these students and their parent or guardian. The Learning Style Profile was administered to both groups of students. Data were analyzed by a multivariate t-test, using the BMPD program. No statistically significant difference was found between at-risk students and students not at risk in any of the categories included in the profile. The lack of statistical significant differences between these two groups in this study which is in contradiction to the results of several studies found in the literature would indicate the need for further research.