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An Investigation into the Learning Styles of Students of Natural Medicine ­ Pilot Study


Vicki Tuchtan

Department of Industry, Professional & Adult Education, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

The idea that a student adopts an individual approach to learning has been widely studied in traditional fields of education. This 'inside information' gained by investigators about the way a student learns has, by some, been the argument for adoption of a particular teaching style to match the learners approach to education. Public awareness about the benefits of Natural Medicine has increased significantly over the past decade. As popularity in therapies such as Naturopathy and Acupuncture has grown, more people have been attracted to formal studies in these non-traditional fields of education. The aim of this pilot study was to identify the major learning styles adopted by first and second year students of Natural Medicine studying at the Melbourne College of Natural Medicine. The results of this pilot will be used to educate both the students and the lecturers at the college about different learning styles. Further investigation will be carried out based on the findings of this pilot study.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000