Cognitive styles and learning strategies: understanding style differences in learning and behaviour

Riding and Rayner's purpose in Cognitive styles and learning strategies is to describe individual differences based on two models. One model comprises four basic cognitive modes derived from the intersection of a wholist-analytic dimension and a verbaliser-imager dimension. Riding and Rayner claim that this model synthesizes the research and literature produced in the field of cognitive styles since the forties. They also argue that this model solves the problem researchers have faced when labeling cognitive styles phenomena. The second model also synthesizes a large body of literature on learning styles. As in the categorization of cognitive styles, Riding and Rayner propose a four-level model that groups students' learning preferences into learning processes based on experiential learning, learning processes based on orientation to study, instructional preferences, and development of cognitive skills and learning strategies. These two models are supported by extensive research from diverse traditions in the fields of cognitive and learning styles.

Book contents:

  1. Introduction

  2. Cognitive style

  3. Learning styles

  4. Learning strategies

  5. Cognitive style and other individual difference dimensions

  6. Cognitive style and behaviours

  7. Cognitive style and learning

  8. Cognitive style and problem behaviour

  9. Conclusion, implications and future developments