Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Mathematics and Statistics
In the last few decades various learning theories emerged characterizing the strengths and preferences people have in the ways they assimilate and process new ideas and concepts. In this capstone we introduce the results of an exploratory pilot study which examines how learning styles or multiple intelligences influence performance in students who used an online homework system in their pre-service teacher math content courses at CSUMB. There is literature concerning whether it is important for educators to be able to adapt their teaching to adjust to their students' multiple learning styles. This study will be able to provide guidance towards the future research in the use of on-line homework in California State University Monterey Bay's MATH 308 - Elementary Math from an Advanced Viewpoint A (Math for Elementary School Teachers), and MATH 309 - Elementary Math from an Advanced Viewpoint B classes (n=18). Information regarding students' multiple intelligence/learning styles and their performance in online homework and course grades was gathered and analyzed. Preliminary analysis indicates that further study should focus on analyzing trends among students who exhibit the following multiple intelligences: visual, musical, kinesthetic, intrapersonal, naturalist, and linguistic. Also further study should focus on active vs. reflective learners, and sensing vs. intuitive learning styles.
Schmunk, Christina, "Learning styles affecting student learning in online based education systems" (2006). Capstone Projects and Theses. 362.