The Learning Style Inventory™ for Students
• Statistically validated questions
- What does the LSIS measure?
- How do I administer the LSIS?
- Can I use the LSIS with my elementary students?
- How do I know which information sheet to use when submitting the LSIS for scoring?
- What kind of reporting can I expect once the LSIS is scored?
- How long does scoring take?
- Has the LSIS been statistically validated?
- What is forced ranking and is it important?
- How long can I hold on to the LSIS without sending it in for scoring?
- Is scoring the LSIS an extra cost?
- Where do I send the LSIS for scoring?
- Does Thoughtful Education Press offer packing supplies for sending the LSIS to the scoring center?
- How often should I administer the LSIS to my students?
- How much does the Learning Styles Inventory for Students cost?
- Who was Carl Jung?
1. WHAT DOES THE LSIS MEASURE?
The LSIS measures a student’s learning style preference as well as her attitude, or tendency towards introversion or extroversion. For a brief overview of the Thoughtful Education learning style model, please click here. For more detailed information on learning styles and the Thoughtful Education model, check out some of our award winning books by clicking here.
2. HOW DO I ADMINISTER THE LSIS?
There are a few simple things to keep in mind when administering the LSIS:
- There are no right or wrong answers on the LSIS. The LSIS is not a test, so students should be encouraged to inquire about anything on the inventory they do not understand.
- Please have your students use a # 2 pencil when filling out the LSIS.
- Make sure your students fully understand the directions for fill out the items on the inventory before they begin.
For more detailed information on administering the LSIS, please download our free LSIS User’s Guide by clicking here.
3. CAN I USE THE LSIS WITH MY ELEMENTARY STUDENTS?
The LSIS was designed and written for students ages 10 and up. Depending on the reading comprehension level of your student the LSIS can be used with children under age 10, but we do not recommend it. We have found that many elementary students (grades 4 and below) will have trouble reading and understanding some of the items in the LSIS. Very young students may also have trouble identifying their preferences with respect to learning.
Thoughtful Education Press does offer a separate Learning Style Inventory for Elementary Students. For pricing in formation and a more detailed description of that inventory, please click here [insert link toe LSIE from online catalog].
4. HOW DO I KNOW WHICH INFORMATION SHEET TO USE WHEN SUBMITTING THE LSIS FOR SCORING?
- If you are submitting your inventories from a class, you will use the blue Classroom/Grade Information Sheet.
- If you are submitting your inventories from an entire grade, you will use the blue Classroom/Grade Information Sheet.
- If you are submitting your inventories from a school, you will use the red School Information Sheet.
- If you are submitting your inventories from an entire district, you will use the green District Information Sheet.
For more information on submitting your LSIS, please click here.
5. WHAT KIND OF REPORTING CAN I EXPECT ONCE THE LSIS IS SCORED?
For every completed Classroom/Grade Information Sheet you send to our scoring center you will receive a classroom/grade report.
For every completed School Information Sheet you send to our scoring center, you will have the option of receiving either a paper school report, or a data file containing the dominant style and attitude scores of all the students in your school that will be sent to the email address you provide on the information sheet and can be merged with your student data management system.
For every completed District Information Sheet you send to our scoring center, you will have the option of receiving either a paper district report, or a data file containing the dominant style and attitude scores of all the students in your district that will be sent to the email address you provide on the information sheet and can be merged with your student data management system.
6. HOW LONG DOES SCORING TAKE?
Scoring typically takes three weeks from the time our scoring center receives your completed inventories. If you have been waiting longer than three weeks for your scores, please contact Karen Aws at our scoring center by clicking here
7. HAS THE LSIS BEEN STATISTICALLY VALIDATED?
In 2001 the LSIS was independently validated and normed by Emeritus Professor Peter Abrahms, Ph.D., of the Department of Instruction Technology, Research, and Assessment at Northern Illinois University. The sample used in the statistical analysis was comprised of 1,406 students from two U.S. states. Of the 1,406 students, 50.1% were male and 49.9% were female with ages ranging from 9 to 21 years.
Reliability data was collected on the LSIS in two distinct ways. First, an item analysis was conducted which correlated each item of a given learning style with the total score for that learning style. This was done for each of the four learning styles measured, as well as for the items measuring introversion and extroversion. Second, a split half reliability analysis was conducted by comparing participants’ responses to the items from the first half of the instrument with their responses to the second half items. Each analysis yielded positive correlations indicating a high level of reliability for a learning style inventory.
A copy of the complete research report will be available for download soon.
8. WHAT IS FORCED RANKING AND IS IT THAT IMPORTANT?
Forced ranking is the method we ask students to use to fill out the items in the LSIS. It is VERY important that student force rank each of the items in a given question. Any question that is not force ranked will be labeled blank by our scoring program and will not be included in the total score for that student’s learning style and attitude.
Here is a sample of some questions from the LSIS that are forced ranked correctly: Click here.
Here is a sample of some question from the LSIS that have been filled out incorrectly: Click here.
9. HOW LONG CAN I HOLD ON TO THE LSIS WITHOUT SENDING IT IN FOR SCORING?
We recommend that you use your inventories and send them to our scoring center within 6 months of receiving them. Although you may be able to have inventories scored a year after you purchase them, we can only guarantee scoring up to 6 months after purchase.
10. IS SCORING THE LSIS AN EXTRA COST?
Scoring is included in the cost of the LSIS; it is NOT an extra cost.
11. WHERE DO I SEND THE LSIS FOR SCORING?
Please send your completed inventories to:
Puget Sound Educational Svc. Dist.
Research and Assessment Center
400 SW 152nd Street
Burien, WA 98166-22209
Note: DO NOT send your completed inventories to Thoughtful Education Press or Silver Strong and Associates.
12. DOES THOUGHTFUL EDUCATION PRESS OFFER PACKING SUPPLIES FOR SENDING THE LSIS TO THE SCORING CENTER?
Unfortunately, Thoughtful Education Press does not offer packing supplies for sending your completed inventories to our scoring center. We do, however, have clear instructions in the LSIS Resource Center on how to prepare, pack, and ship your completed inventories. To go to that page click here.
13. HOW OFTEN SHOULD I ADMINISTER THE LSIS TO MY STUDENTS?
As often as you’d like. A student’s learning style is not set in stone. There are many factors that contribute to a student’s preferred style of learning and those preferences can, and often do, shift. If you are using the LSIS to bring a greater diversity to your teaching methods, then it may behoove you to have your students take the inventory twice a year to see how their preference are changing based on your teaching methods.
14. HOW MUCH DOES THE LEARNING STYLES INVENTORY FOR STUDENTS COST?
The LSIS sells for $6.00 per instrument (minimum order of 10). The LSIS also comes in a kit that includes 25 inventories and a User’s Manual filled with useful information for only $119.95. Please note that all costs include scoring. Click here to purchase the LSIS.
15. WHO WAS CARL JUNG?
Carl Jung was a Swiss psychologist and contemporary of Sigmund Freud. For a brief biography of Jung, click here.
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