Presentation Title

Various Learning Styles and Approaches Among Pharmacy Students Utilizing VARK

Speaker Credentials

Instructor

Speaker Credentials

PharmD

College

College of Pharmacy

Location

Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida, USA

Format

Poster

Start Date

16-2-2018 12:15 PM

End Date

16-2-2018 1:15 PM

Abstract

Objective: The study was conducted to determine the preferred learning style of second year pharmacy students using the visual, aural, read/write, and kinesthetic (VARK) questionnaire. Background: Professional degree programs are challenging because the application of content requires a higher level of thinking to properly grasp concepts and theories. Students are tasked with learning a large amount of information in a limited amount of time and must be sure they are interpreting and applying information in a correct manner. It is important for students to be knowledgeable of their learning style in order to academically excel. Methods: The self-administered VARK assessment tool was disseminated among second year pharmacy students at Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy at the Palm Beach Campus. Results: A total of 25 students participated. The majority (40%, N=10) of participants were kinesthetic learners followed by 36% (N=9) who preferred to learn by reading/writing. 6 students (24%) preferred visual aids, while only 5 (20%) were aural learners. Although a total of 25 students took the VARK assessment, five students had a dominant learning style in more than one VARK category. Conclusion: The aim of this study was to explore the diverse learning approaches that pharmacy students possess. Pharmacy students approach their learning in a variety of ways as identified through the VARK assessment. Grants: The study was not funded by any party.

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Various Learning Styles and Approaches Among Pharmacy Students Utilizing VARK

Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida, USA

Objective: The study was conducted to determine the preferred learning style of second year pharmacy students using the visual, aural, read/write, and kinesthetic (VARK) questionnaire. Background: Professional degree programs are challenging because the application of content requires a higher level of thinking to properly grasp concepts and theories. Students are tasked with learning a large amount of information in a limited amount of time and must be sure they are interpreting and applying information in a correct manner. It is important for students to be knowledgeable of their learning style in order to academically excel. Methods: The self-administered VARK assessment tool was disseminated among second year pharmacy students at Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy at the Palm Beach Campus. Results: A total of 25 students participated. The majority (40%, N=10) of participants were kinesthetic learners followed by 36% (N=9) who preferred to learn by reading/writing. 6 students (24%) preferred visual aids, while only 5 (20%) were aural learners. Although a total of 25 students took the VARK assessment, five students had a dominant learning style in more than one VARK category. Conclusion: The aim of this study was to explore the diverse learning approaches that pharmacy students possess. Pharmacy students approach their learning in a variety of ways as identified through the VARK assessment. Grants: The study was not funded by any party.