School of Education


Doctor of Education (EdD)


Karen L Parker

Primary Subject Area

Education, Curriculum and Instruction; Education, Reading


Learning styles, Reading comprehension, Seventh Grade


Curriculum and Instruction


Reading is a basic life skill. Unfortunately, in 2007, only 29% of all eighth graders were able to comprehend at or above a proficient reading comprehension level. Sensory learning styles (kinesthetic, tactile, auditory, and visual) affect the way that students prefer to learn and the areas in which they will have difficulty learning. This study examined sensory learning styles as one possible factor effecting seventh grade students' reading comprehension level. The purpose of this study was to see if a relationship exists between any sensory learning style and reading comprehension levels. The subjects for this study were seventh graders from two suburban junior high schools in Utah. The instruments for this study were The Kaleidoscope Profile and the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI). The data were analyzed using the Chi Square test for Independence, ANOVA, and post hoc tests. When comparing sensory learning styles and reading comprehension, the results indicated that there was a relationship between kinesthetic, auditory, and visual learning styles and reading comprehension levels. When comparing the learning styles of struggling readers and on-grade-level readers, the results indicated that there was a significantly different distribution of kinesthetic, auditory, and visual learning styles. Finally, when comparing School A and School B, there was a significantly different distribution for all learning styles.