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An Exploratory Study of Alabama Real Estate Instructors' Learning Styles




Bowen, David

Type of Degree

PhD Dissertation


Education Foundation, Leadership, and Technology


Abstract The purpose of this study was to examine the learning styles of Alabama real estate instructors. Real estate instructors are approved or licensed by the Alabama Real Estate Commission. Real estate instructors are called upon to deliver quality instruction to those seeking to obtain a real estate license in Alabama and to those who are licensed as they seek to meet licensure requirements and gain knowledge in the profession. Real estate educators in Alabama are adult educators and thus, the concept of andragogy should be the focus of planning curriculum and teaching methods in the real estate courses. As part of this planning, instructors should become aware of the concept of learning styles and how learning styles affect student outcomes. This study was undertaken, in part, to make Alabama real estate instructors aware of learning styles and as they saw how their personal learning styles affected them, to examine how they might plan and teach better by taking into account the learning styles of their students. The Index of Learning Styles was used as the survey instrument for this study. The results of this study will be used by the Alabama Real Estate Commission to bring greater awareness to its instructors of learning styles and ultimately, to improve the quality of real estate education in Alabama.