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Experiential learning styles in the age of a virtual surrogate

Wang, Rui, Newton, Sidney and Lowe, Russell 2015, Experiential learning styles in the age of a virtual surrogate, Archnet-IJAR, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 93-110.

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Title Experiential learning styles in the age of a virtual surrogate
Author(s) Wang, RuiORCID iD for Wang, Rui orcid.org/0000-0002-6600-6937
Newton, Sidney
Lowe, Russell
Journal name Archnet-IJAR
Volume number 9
Issue number 3
Start page 93
End page 110
Total pages 18
Publisher ArchNet
Place of publication Cambridge, Ma.
Publication date 2015-11
ISSN 1938-7806
Keyword(s) virtual reality
experiential learning model
learning style inventory
Summary There is a long-held sense in general that the increasing use of computers and digital technology changes how a user experiences and learns about the world, not always for the better. This paper reports on a longitudinal study of 245 architecture and construction students over a two year period which examines the impact that virtual reality technologies have on the learning style preferences of students. A series of controlled experiments tests for the impact that increasing exposure to a proprietary virtual reality system has on the mode of learning and learning style preferences of individuals and particular cohorts. The results confirm that when virtual reality applications are used in teaching and learning, the learning behaviours will favour a more concrete experiential mode of learning and a preference for the Accommodator learning style. However, the results also demonstrate, consistently and for the first time, individual students do not privilege any particular mode of learning or learning style preference to any significant extent but rather engage in all modes and represent all learning styles. Novel visualisation techniques are introduced to examine and discuss this contrast.
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
120101 Architectural Design
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Archnet-IJAR, International Journal of Architectural Research
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083324

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