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Learning style preferences of undergraduate nursing students

University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Nursing standard: official newspaper of the Royal College of Nursing 04/2007; 21(32):35-41. DOI: 10.7748/ns2007.04.21.32.35.c4495
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To determine the predominant learning style preferences of undergraduate nursing students.
A demographic questionnaire and Honey and Mumford's (2000a) learning styles questionnaire were administered to a purposive sample of 136 students.
A response rate of 81% (110) was obtained. The results are congruent with U.K. studies, which show that the reflector is the preferred learning style of undergraduate nursing students. A 'dual' learning style category was also identified.
A mismatch between teaching style and the learning styles of students has been found to have serious consequences. A variety of modes of teaching and learning should be used to meet the learning needs of students.

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