Learning styles in introductory physics : Enhancing student motivation, interest, & learning
In this paper, successful approaches to teaching introductory physics students using strategies developed from a comprehensive learning style model will be discussed. The particular learning style model to be described is the Dunn and Dunn Learning Style Model. This model is currently being employed with non-science majors enrolled in introductory physics at American University. The basic elements of this learning style model will be highlighted. Teaching approaches designed to accommodate students' learning style preferences will be shared. These approaches include teaching and learning techniques that can be used in and out of the classroom. In particular, techniques that have been effective in teaching students in large classes will be outlined. Ideas and approaches used to enhance student motivation and interest will also be shared. These approaches can easily be adapted for use by educators in other branches of science, as well as mathematics, engineering, and technology (SMET) education.