The research shows that struggling readers in grade school are predominantly kinesthetic, rather than visual or auditory. This research project was designed to determine if this trend continued on into adulthood. This was accomplished by doing a correlational study comparing learning style scores and reading scores in a General Education Development Preparation and Adult Literacy Center in an urban area of Northern California. Data were collected from 50 adults ranging in age from 17 to 61. The results revealed there were no correlations between the reading scores and any of the learning styles, visual, auditory or kinesthetic. Upon further investigation of the data, descriptive statistics, revealed that when the population was divided into two groups, (a) those whose reading score grade equivalents were 5th grade level and below (disadvantaged readers) and (b) those whose reading score grade equivalents were 6th grade and above (non-disadvantaged readers) that the disadvantaged readers auditory scores were higher and visual scores lower than the non-disadvantaged readers. Therefore, the participants in this study as a group, showed higher auditory scores and lower visual scores which resulted in lower TABE scores.
|Advisor:||Moskal, Mary Kay|
|Commitee:||Dawson Boyd, Candy, Niermann, Gemma|
|School:||Saint Mary's College of California|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Literacy, Reading instruction|
|Keywords:||Adult readers, Learning styles|
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