Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Students in a classroom all receive the information the same way, however, those students most likely learn and process information quite differently. Therefore the format in which it is received can make a large impact on the effectiveness of the instruction. The purpose of this study was to determine the learning styles of health and physical education students using the CAPSOL Styles of Learning Assessment. One hundred ten undergraduate PE students in the college of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) from Western Michigan University participated in this study during February 2005.

Frequencies and percentages were figured for the students as a whole as well as for each subpopulation. The highest percentages of high preference learning styles were individual learner (54.5%) and bodily-kinesthetic learner (51.8%). It was concluded that students in health and physical education fields prefer to learn individually and with a hands-on approach.