History of the International Learning Styles Network and Its Impact on Instructional Innovation

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This study describes how the International Learning Styles Network (ILSN) has prevailed for almost 25 years and expanded from a predominantly educational Network, comprised of Centers located in colleges and universities within the United States, to a worldwide Network, encompassing businesses and consultation Centers, located on four continents.


“The major contribution of this book is a scholarly, historical analysis of the development of the International Learning Styles Network, which provided a vehicle for the broad dissemination of learning-style theory, practice, and research…. A unique contribution to research and scholarship. Through the use of primary and secondary sources, including documents such as the Network Bylaws, Board minutes, Newsletters, and interviews with Center Directors and other practitioners, it describes how the Network evolved; analyzes the Network’s impact on instructional intervention; generates a model and guidelines for the formation of future Networks; and formulates a new theory, termed the Distracter Theory, which addresses the leadership essential to sustaining and expanding viable Networks.” – Shirley A. Griggs, Ed.D. Professor Emerita, St. John’s University, Jamaica, New York, and Founding Member of the International Learning Styles Network

"represents a unique contribution to research and scholarship; it provides a scholarly, historical analysis of the development of the International Learning Styles Network" -- Sirreadalot.org

Table of Contents

Table of Contents (main headings):
Foreword; Preface; Introduction
1. The Problem
2. Review of Related Literature (Historical Perspectives of Learning Styles, Learning-Style Models and Pioneers; Research on the Dunn and Dunn Model; Elements of Style; Learning-Style Instrumentation; Critique of Learning Styles; Historical Factors and Expansion of Learning-Style Movement; Education Networks; Networks vs. Traditional Staff Development; Research on 21 ILSN Centers; Mission, Beliefs, Disciplines Represented; Sponsors and Centers; National Association of Secondary School Principals; Erie I BOCES; South Central Regional; Lon Morris College, Texas; Midwest Regional Center at Aquinas College; Ohio State University; Alabama Center; North Carolina Teacher Academy; New Zealand, Aiken, Finland, Dowling, Philippines; Tarleton University; Bishop Kearney; Oklahoma Institute; Bermuda; Brunei’s Darusaalem)
3. Subjects, Material, Procedures
4. Findings
5. Summary, Synthesis of Cumulative Data, Findings, Discussion, Recommendations, Suggestions for Future Research
Appendices; Bibliography; Indices