Canfield's Learning Styles Inventory
This inventory gives you an opportunity
to describe how you learn best. There are no right or wrong answers.
Read the questions and rank (1, 2, 3, or 4) the responses according
to how well they describe your reactions or feelings. 1 is the
most preferred rank, 4 is the least preferred rank.
1. Rank the following in terms of how
well they describe the classes you've liked most.
___a. I enjoyed the other students and
we shared our ideas and feelings with each other.
___b. The course was well organized and
the topics followed one another in a meaningful sequence.
___c. I more or less set my own goals and
studied the things of most interest to me.
___d. I knew how my work compared with
others and the best work was fairly recognized.
2. Number the descriptions of teachers
from 1 to 4 in the order in which you normally prefer them.
___a. Teachers who are pleasant, friendly,
and who take a personal interest in me.
___b. Teachers who provide specific and
clear information about assignments and requirements.
___c. Teachers who give me the opportunity
to decide what I want to study and how I want to do things.
___d. Teachers who impose high standards
and make me do the work necessary to accomplish them.
3. Rank the following courses in terms
of their general appeal to you.
___a. Mathematics and physical science.
___b. Language and literature.
___c. Household and craft repair skills.
___d. Interviewing and counseling.
4. Rank the following in terms of their
general value to you as ways to learn.
___a. Listening to others talk about a
___b. Reading what others have written
___c. Seeing pictures, graphs, movies,
___d. Handling or working with something
5. Rank the following grades to indicate
how likely you are to receive them on a paper or report.
___a. Excellent or outstanding.
___b. Good or above average.
___c. Satisfactory or about average.
6. Rank the following in the order in
which they would be most helpful for improving your school experience
___a. More group activities and opportunities
to get to know other students.
___b. More class outlines and clearer statements
about what the classes were all about.
___c. More opportunities to think through
my capabilities and set goals for my performance.
___d. More objective and frequent information
on how my performance compares with others.
7. Rank the following in terms of how
accurately they describe the worst teachers you've ever known.
___a. They were more interested in the
subject matter than in the students.
___b. They were vague about assignments
and I was never sure what was expected of me.
___c. They were too restrictive in letting
me do things on my own, coming to my own conclusions, etc.
___d. They were too easy and the students
lost respect for them.
8. Rank the following in the order in
which you enjoy doing them.
___a. Figuring out how things differ in
___b. Writing a report or a letter.
___c. Building or repairing something.
___d. Carrying on a conversation with a
9. Classes typically involve the following
kinds of teaching activities. Rank them in the order in which
you generally prefer them as ways to learn.
___a. Lectures, audio tapes, and question-answer
___b. Textbook assignments and other readings.
___c. Movies, slides, graphics, charts,
___d. Experiments or projects in the laboratory.
10. Imagine that you have just received
your grade on the final exam in a course that you felt was pretty
easy and that you got the lowest grade in the class. Rank the
following as to how you'd most likely feel.
___a. Somebody made a mistake in grading
___b. I'd be quite surprised, because that
doesn't happen very often.
___c. It would surprise me a little, but
that sometimes happens.
___d. It wouldn't surprise me very much
11. In most courses, student performance
in evaluated on some basis. Rank the following in terms of how
you feel about such evaluations.
___a. They sometimes create jealousies
and hard feelings among the students.
___b. Sometimes they are unrelated to the
supposed content and purposes of the course.
___c. They sometimes aren't very helpful
in evaluating my progress or in helping me focus my study activities.
___d. Sometimes they don't really distinguish
between those who are doing well and those not doing so well.
12. Rank the following in terms of their
value to you in learning.
___a. Having a chance to visit informally
and develop an effective relationship with the teacher.
___b. Having specifics on what courses
include and what they require.
___c. Having the chance to adopt my own
approach and to make some contribution of my own.
___d. Having scholarly teachers explain
the material and direct my study in the most meaningful and useful
13. If you were in a course that required
everyone to visit a home for the elderly and you could do any
of the following, rank them in the order of their interest to
___a. Help them compute their income taxes
or balance their checkbooks.
___b. Write a letter or read to them.
___c. Help repair or replace something
___d. Sit and visit with them about their
14. How do the following appeal to you
as ways to find out about new occupations or types of work?
___a. Have someone in the field tell me
___b. Read a recent study explaining it.
___c. Watch a classroom demonstration of
___d. Trying to do the work itself.
15. Imagine that you have just turned
in a paper to an instructor. Rank how you think it would be evaluated.
___b. Above Average
___d. Below Average
16. As a student, I feel it is my responsibility
___a. Cooperate with the other students
and help them when I can.
___b. Ask the teachers questions when the
course is confusing.
___c. Make my own decisions as to what
I can accomplish
___d. Assess the ability of the other students
and work accordingly.
17. Consider the following topics for
teacher training and rank them in the order in which you think
they would generally be most helpful to teachers.
___a. How to get along with students and
maintain good relationships with them.
___b. How to inform students of requirements,
rules, the basis for grades, etc.
___c. How to utilize independent study
techniques so students can work more or less on their own.
___d. How to maintain classroom discipline
and get students to do the assigned work.
18. Rank the following classes in the
order in which they appeal to you.
___a. Formal logic and mathematics.
___b. Developing the plot and writing short
___c. Operating a machine to make something.
___d. Human behavior and the "helping"
19. Rank the following in the order
in which you would typically like to learn about the properties
of a new plastic.
___a. Hearing a lecture.
___b. Reading a book or text.
___c. Viewing a movie or slides.
___d. Experimenting with a small sample.
20. Assume you are going to be in school
next year; rank the following evaluations in the order in which
you think you'd receive them.
___a. In the top 10% or so.
___b. In the top 25 or 33 percent.
___c. In the middle 50 percent.
___d. In the bottom 25 or 33 percent.
21. Rank the following in terms of how
accurately they described the classes you have DISLIKED.
___a. There was a lot of arguing, bickering,
or fighting among the students.
___b. The class was disorganized and I
couldn't tell what topic was coming next.
___c. There was no opportunity for me to
pursue my own special interests or branch off on anything.
___d. No matter how well or how much anyone
did, the teacher just accepted it.
22. Rank the following in the order
in which you feel they describe your most effective teachers.
___a. They like students and have a sincere
desire to understand and help them.
___b. They leave no confusion about what
is to be done and how it is to be done.
___c. They consider each person as an individual
and let each student work to their abilities and interests.
___d. They control their classrooms and
require everyone to meet some minimum requirements.
23. Club members are generally required
to help; rank the following in order of your preference for doing
the club duties.
___a. Keeping the books on income, expenses,
___b. Keeping the minutes of the meetings
and doing the correspondence.
___c. Setting up the room and keeping club
equipment in order.
___d. Greeting newcomers and helping everyone
24. Imagine you're taking an Ecology
course. Rank the way you'd like to study the topic.
___a. Hear speeches by qualified people.
___b. Read reports and studies.
___c. Watch movies, TV, films, etc.
___d. Take field trips.
25. Rank the following in terms of how
well they describe your feelings about your school performance.
___a. I've been at or near the top of my
___b. I've been better than average.
___c. I've been near the middle.
___d. I've been in the lower half.
26. Rank the following in their importance
to you in the way classes are handled.
___a. There is an opportunity to develop
friends and the students support one another.
___b. Class sessions are logically related
to each other; topics follow in an understandable and meaningful
___c. Based upon the topic and my abilities,
I can determine what areas I'll pursue.
___d. Students' grades and the evaluation
of their performance give fair recognition and credit to those
27. Rank the following in terms of how
likely they would be as a reason for you to dislike a class.
___a. The teacher was hostile, easily angered,
___b. There were vague standards and vague
or frequently changing requirements.
___c. There was too little opportunity
to determine my own activities.
___d. The teacher lacked the ability to
direct and control the class.
28. Rank the following in terms of their
interest to you as a general field of work.
___a. Mathematics, engineering, accounting.
___b. Language, writing, speaking.
___c. Building, installing, operating equipment.
___d. Interviewing, selling, teaching.
29. Rank the following class activities
in the order in which they normally appeal to you.
___a. The teacher lectures and answers
___b. I can read about the topic in a text
or some outside reading.
___c. Pictures, movies, graphs, displays,
etc., are used.
___d. I can experiment with or actually
use the material.
30. Imagine that you've just received
the results of a final exam in a very difficult course and your
grade was the highest in the class. Rank the following in terms
of how you would most likely feel.
___a. I'd have expected to do well so it
wouldn't surprise me.
___b. I'd be surprised, but it could happen.
___c. I'd feel like I had lucked out and
guessed a lot of the correct answers.
___d. I'd probably think that someone had
made a mistake in grading the test.