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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Thomas Stenvig


psychology of nursing students in South Dakota, studying and teaching nursing in South Dakota, indian nurses, cognitive styles


This study examined the similarities and differences in the learning styles of female Native American and non-Native American nursing and pre-nursing students. How are learning styles different between individuals from the two cultures and how are they similar? Forty-two Native Americans and 28 non-Native Americans female nursing students participated in this study.
The Perceptual Learning-Style Preference Survey (PLSPS) was the tool utilized to assess learning styles. This tool assesses each student's dominant learning style as auditory, visual, kinesthetic, or tactile. This tool classifies preference for individual or group learning. Lastly, this tool gives an explanation of each learning style and offers suggestions on how to best learn, utilizing a dominant learning style. A brief demographic survey was provided. Age, race, gender, and status as nursing or pre-nursing student were identified in the demographic data.
No significant difference was found between the two groups. Kinesthetic was the dominate learning style for both groups.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Nursing students -- South Dakota -- Psychology
Nursing -- Study and teaching -- South Dakota
Indian nurses -- South Dakota
Cognitive styles
Learning, Psychology of


Includes bibliographical references (page 27-29)



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