The National Center for Assessment (NCA), an affiliate of the Education and Training Evaluation Commission (ETEC), has launched a scale for identifying the learning methods of high school and university students. It is a new and free of charge scale that comes as part of the NCA’s series of community scales. It is part of the NCA’s endeavor to create a scale based on sound scientific theories in the field of learning methods and thus contribute towards improving the educational process. This will also lay the foundation for the development of psychological and educational scales whose validity and reliability can be demonstrated.
The learning methods scale consists of a set of dimensions. The dimensions of each learning method are identified according to types of methods, including learners’ characteristics, students' reactions to learning situations and learners’ preferred evaluation methods. The scale is designed for high school and university students.
The NCA pointed out that evidence from educational psychology studies prove the existence of differences among individuals in the learning method; most educational and psychological research indicates that there are significant differences among students in terms of learning methods.
The learning method is defined as "the way in which an individual perceives the learning experience or the preferred method used by an individual to organize and handle information and experience." Knowledge of student learning methods helps the teacher to provide educational opportunities for students according to their individual learning patterns, adapt his teaching methods and teaching environment to suit students’ learning styles.
Studies have also shown a high positive correlation between academic achievement and learning style. This means that students' achievement increases in a statistically significant manner if their styles of learning are taken into account by teachers; otherwise, their academic achievement would often be low.
Identifying students' learning styles makes learning more successful and helps students understand and master the content of academic courses.
As part of its commitment to serve the community, the NCA provides a set of free scales such as the Marriage Preparedness Scale, Professional Inclination Scale, Youth Positive Growth Scale, Youth Life Satisfaction Scale, and Recovering from Failure Scale. To try any of such scales, visit the link below: https://www.qiyas.sa/en/Community/Pages/default.aspx