Educational Research

Educational Research (ISSN:2141-5161) Vol. 1(9), pp. 363-372 October 2010         
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Investigating tenth grade Jordanian Students' thinking styles based on Herrmann's Whole Brain Model for the purpose of developing new teaching method in modifying science misconceptions

Ali Khalid Ali Bawaneh*, Ahmad Nurulazam Md Zain and Salmiza Saleh

School of Educational Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Minden 11800, Penang, Malaysia.

*Corresponding author E-mail: ali_bawaneh@yahoo.com

Received 27 August, 2010; Accepted 24 September, 2010

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate tenth grade students' learning styles in Jordan based on Herrmann Whole Brain Model. As a result a teaching method has been developed (Herrmann Teaching Method: HTM) to be used to correct science misconceptions held by learners. The sample consisted of 558-students selected from three schools within Bani Kenana School District. The study sought to answer the following research question: What learning styles are held by primary 10th grade students in Jordan by Herrmann’s Model? Their respective percentages? Do such percentages vary statistically? The results showed that no statistically significant differences in tenth grade student assignment to the four learning styles. In other word, tenth grade students proportionately distributed to the four learning styles based on Herrmann Model. This study, therefore, suggest that curriculum developers design their textbooks based on a teaching method that is derive from Herrmann Model and considers student's various learning styles and individual differences within classroom during a class time.

Keywords:Teaching method, Herrmann Model, thinking styles, learning styles, misconceptions, conceptual change.

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