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J Educ Eval Health Prof > Epub ahead of print
J Educ Eval Health Prof. 2018; 15: 8.
Published online March 24, 2018.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3352/jeehp.2018.15.8
[Epub ahead of print]
Does learning style preferences influence academic performance among dental students in Isfahan, Iran?
Najmeh Akhlaghi1  , Hosein Mirkazemi2  , Mehdi Jafarzade3  , Narjes Akhlaghi4 
1Dental Research Center, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
2Dental Research Center, School of Dentistry, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
3Dental Research Center, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
4School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Science, Tehran, Iran
Correspondence  Narjes Akhlaghi ,Email: Narges.akhlaghi@gmail.com
Editor:  Sun Huh, Hallym University, Korea
Submitted: February 16, 2017  Accepted after revision: March 24, 2018
Abstract
Purpose:
The present study aimed to identify learning preferences of dental students and it’s relationships with the academic performance at Dental school, Isfahan, Iran.
Method:
This cross-sectional descriptive study included 200 undergraduate dental students from October to November 2016. Data were collected using a questionnaire composed of two parts. The first part included demographic data and the second part was P version of visual, auditory, reading,writing, and kinesthetic (VARK) questionnaire. Data analysis were conducted with Chi-square Test, one-way ANOVA and multiple linear regressions.
Results:
The response rate was 86.6%. About half of the students (51.5 %) had multimodal learning preferences. Among the unimodal group (48.5%), the most common mode distribution was auditory (24.0%), followed by kinesthetic (15.5%), read-write (8.0%) and visual (1.0%). There was a significant association between academic performance and reading-writing learning style preference (Pp < 0.01).
Conclusion:
The preferred learning style was multimodal. Aural followed by the kinesthetic styles had the highest percentage among single-mode learning styles. Students with reading-writing preference had better academic performance. The results of this study can provide useful information to prepare a more problem-based curriculum with active learning strategies.
Keywords: Academic performance; Cognition; Dental students; Iran; Learning Style; Problem-based learning


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