by an understanding of how the relative effectiveness of different teaching methods, optimal for a specified set of learning objectives, needs to be modified to take into account differences in learning styles of individual students ( Wooldridge, 1978).
Higher education is operating in an environment that calls for greater accountability, including increased assessment of the quality of its instruction. Anything an academic department can do to improve its teaching process will respond to this legitimate demand from the clients of university and college education. Evidence has been presented in this study that suggests the concept of learning styles is an important element in the design of effective instructional design and delivery. Truly, "style is the most important concept to demand attention in education in many years [and] is the core of what it means to be a person" ( Guild & Garger, 1985, viii). This study indicates there is sufficient diversity among the learning styles of university and college students to warrant increased attention to this concept by faculty members. Significant contributions to the enhancement of learning can be made by the integration of the findings of learning style research into course design and delivery. The higher education community would be negligent if it fails to take advantage of this opportunity to improve university and college education.
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Publication information: Book title: The Importance of Learning Styles:Understanding the Implications for Learning, Course Design, and Education. Contributors: Serbrenia J. Sims - Editor, Ronald R. Sims - Editor. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1995. Page number: 65.