(LSI)Learning Styles Inventory

by Albert A. Canfield, PhD

(LSI)Learning Styles Inventory

by Albert A. Canfield, PhD
Benefits Provides a quick measure of learning preferences
Ages Junior High School and up
Admin time 15-20 minutes
Norms Standardized on more than 2,500 individuals, the LSI provides college, high school, and junior high
Publish Date 1980
Qualifications Level B required.
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The Learning Styles Inventory (LSI) makes it easier to determine which learning environments—and which instructors—are best for particular students. In both academic settings and industrial training programs, the LSI can improve student or trainee performance and reduce dropout rates.

Designed for junior high, high school, and college students as well as adults, the LSI is a self-report inventory that measures learning preferences. It is composed of 30 items that give you four kinds of information:

  • Preferred Conditions for Learning
    Does the student like teamwork, independent study, competition, classroom discipline, organized coursework, a close relationship with the instructor, or detailed information on assignments and requirements?
  • Areas of Interest
    Does the student like to work with numbers, language, things, or people?
  • Mode of Learning
    Does the student prefer to obtain new information through listening, reading, interpreting illustrations or graphs, or hands-on experience?
  • Expectation for Course Grade
    How well does the student expect to perform in the class?

LSI scores are used to classify the student into one of nine learner types. This Learner Typology allows you to identify groups of students who have similar learning styles.

The LSI can be completed in just 15–20 minutes. Students can easily score their own tests and classify themselves on the Learner Typology grid. This saves you time and also gives students immediate feedback.    

Standardized on more than 2,500 individuals, the LSI is available in four forms. Form A uses college norms; Form B, high school norms; and Form C, junior high school norms. These three forms all have a seventh-grade reading level. Form E is an easy-to-read edition, with college norms and a fourth-grade reading level.

In counseling centers, classrooms, and industrial training programs, the LSI is used to adapt instructional strategies to learner needs, to design alternative curricula, to help individuals select courses or work environments compatible with their learning styles, and to help reduce dropout rates. 

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