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A Simple Model of Learning Styles

Gervas Huxley and Mike Peacey

The Centre for Market and Public Organisation from The Centre for Market and Public Organisation, University of Bristol, UK

Abstract: Much of the economic literature on education treats the process of learning as a `black box'. While such models have many interesting uses, they are of little use when a college seeks advice about reallocating resources from one input to another (e.g. from lecture hours to seminars). Commenting on such questions requires us to `open up' the black box. This paper shows what one such model would look like by explicitly modelling how students vary in their `learning styles'. We apply this framework to investigate how reforms to higher education (e.g. MOOCs) would affect students with different learning styles.

Keywords: Human Capital; Education Production Function; Learning Style; Independent Learner; MOOC (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 I23 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 42 pages
Date: 2014-05
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