An Exploratory Study of the Relationship Between Learning Styles and Cognitive Traits

  • Sabine Graf
  • Taiyu Lin
  • Lynn Jeffrey
  • Kinshuk
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4227)


To provide personalization and adaptivity in technology enhanced learning systems, the needs of learners have to be known by the system first. Detecting these needs is a challenging task and therefore, mechanisms that support this task are beneficial. This paper discusses the relationship between learning styles, in particular the Felder-Silverman learning style model, and working memory capacity, a cognitive trait. Due to this relationship, additional information about the learner is available and can be used to improve the student model. An exploratory study is presented to verify the identified relationship based on the literature. The results of the study show that the identified relationship between working memory capacity and two of the four dimensions of the learning style model is significantly supported. For the two remaining dimensions further research is required.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sabine Graf
    • 1
  • Taiyu Lin
    • 2
  • Lynn Jeffrey
    • 3
  • Kinshuk
    • 2
  1. 1.Women’s Postgraduate College for Internet TechnologiesVienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of Information SystemsMassey UniversityPalmerston NorthNew Zealand
  3. 3.Department of Management & International BusinessMassey UniversityAucklandNew Zealand

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