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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Margaret Hegge


study and teaching nursing, psychology nursing students, cognitive styles, psychology of learning


This nonexperimental descriptive correlational study investigated the relationship between five learning style preferences fi-om Dunn's Learning Style Model and academic achievement of freshmen associate degree nursing students. Sixty seven female freshmen nursing students enrolled in a Midwest, private, associate degree nursing program participated in the study. The Productivity Environmental Preference Survey and a demographic questionnaire were used to survey the study participants. The Pearson Product Moment Correlation Test was used to statistically analyze the data. Findings revealed that structure and auditory were the most preferred learning styles of the sample group. Structure was found to have a significant direct relationship to academic achievement. There was no significant relationship between academic achievement and the learning style preferences of auditory, visual, tactile, and kinesthetic. Results of this study can be used by nursing educators in the designing of teaching methods and curriculum planning to accommodate the unique learning styles of associate degree nursing students. Information gleaned from this study also has implications for fostering student academic success and increasing retention rates.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Nursing -- Study and teaching (Associate degree)
Nursing students -- Psychology
Cognitive styles
Learning, Psychology of
Academic achievement



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