Learning Styles of Pharmacy Students: Theory and Finding

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Somchai Suriyakrai

Abstract

Learning style is a pattern of behavior and performance by which each learner use to interact with and process information  or  educational  experiences.  There  are  various taxonomies  of  learning  style  proposed  by many scholars. But, Kolb’s learning style is one of the most clearly elucidated theories which had been studied in wide area of educational research. Kolb explained the learning process as two distinct dimension, i.e., perception   (how people perceive information) and processing (how people process that information). In terms of perception, the  individual would either have a preference  for concrete experience or abstract conceptualization. Then, four learning styles are differentiated as diverger, assimilators, converger and accommodator. The survey of pharmacy students’  learning style  in Thailand and United States were shown  that pharmacy students distributed  through   4 learning styles, not an obvious majority. Educators should designed learning activities to ft with each learning style to foster the learning process, however, learner can use another learning styles in some situations. So, variety of learning activities are essential in current educational system.

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Somchai Suriyakrai, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, KhonKaen University

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Khon Kaen University, Thailand

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