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A Simple Model of Learning Styles

  • Gervas Huxley
  • Mike Peacey

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    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. Length: 42 pages

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    Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK in its series The Centre for Market and Public Organisation with number 13/322.

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    Date of creation: May 2014
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