There are two aims of this essay. The first aim is to explore the relationship of auditory, visual, tactile and kinaesthetic learning styles to gender. The second aim is to investigate whether students benefit from being taught according to their preferred learning style.
Students from one school answered two questionnaires, and students from another school answered one questionnaire and were taught a series of lessons concluding with two tests.
The results of the first investigation showed that the greatest difference was found among participants of the same gender, and not between the genders. Both males and females may have one of the four learning styles as their strongest, although, among females it is more common that they learn most effectively auditorially or visually.
The results of the second investigation showed that students do benefit from being taught according to their learning style. However, learning style is not the only factor affecting students’ success or failure in school.
Finally, this research is a contribution to previous research done on these subjects and should be viewed as such. The sample of students is too small for it to be possible to base any extensive generalizations on these results.