From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, May 13, 2011

Editor's note: This feature is written by nursing staff development expert Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN. Each week, Adrianne writes about an important issue in the area of staff development or answers reader questions. If you have a question for Adrianne, e-mail her at

Assessing teaching methods tailored to learning styles

If you want to find out whether revising your educational methods to meet the needs of learners with diverse learning styles, there are several ways to find the answer.

Start by looking at an education program that is offered on a regular basis, such as cardiac arrhythmia interpretation or rehabilitation of the stroke patient. Evaluate the way the programs are offered and identify ways to revise the programs to meet the needs of learners with diversified learning styles.

Your next step is to gather evaluation data from the last three times a specific program was offered. Examine reaction, knowledge acquisition, behavioral, and results evaluations data. Then identify areas for improvement.

Next, examine how the program has been designed and implemented. Identify ways you can enhance visual, auditory, and tactile stimulation. Revise the program based on this identification and offer the revised program three more times. Compare the results of evaluation from the revised program to the old program. Do you see any improvements? If so, in what areas? Were the results the same? Analyze your findings.

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