3 Diverging (imaginative): Prefers to work in groups and receive personalized feedback.
4 Assimilating (inductive): Prefers readings, lectures, exploring analytical models.
Dr. Bhatti suggests that for each new class of residents, residency directors should distribute Kolb’s Learning Style Index, a 12-item questionnaire. (The questionnaire, which takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete, can be purchased at learningfromexperience.com/tools.)
In a paper published in 2011 in The Laryngoscope, Dr. Bhatti and colleagues used the survey to assess the learning styles of a group of pediatric otolaryngology and otology/neurotology fellows from Johns Hopkins (121:2548-2552). Ten pediatric otolaryngology and 20 otology/neurology fellows completed the survey, with a majority of them reporting that they preferred a learning style that incorporated all four learning styles. The rest preferred converging, accommodating, or a combination of the two.
A previous study he worked on analyzed the results of a survey completed by 43 otolaryngology residents from Johns Hopkins University and Kansas University otolaryngology–head and neck surgery programs (Laryngoscope. 2009;119:2360-2365). The predominant learning style was converging (56%), followed by accommodating (19%).