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Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)



First Advisor

Mari G. Irvin

First Committee Member

Linda L. Nolan

Second Committee Member

Helmut H. Reimer

Third Committee Member

Robert R. Hopkins

Fourth Committee Member

Richard D. Allen


The purpose of this study was to investigate the association between counselor learning styles and counseling goal preferences. Learning styles were measured by the Learning Style Inventory (Kolb, 1986) and counseling goal preferences were identified by the Counseling Preference Questionnaire. The subjects for this study included 113 graduate level students enrolled in counselor education programs at several universities in the Northern California region. A letter explaining the nature of the study was sent to administrators and instructors and permission to survey their students was obtained. During the administration of the survey, each subject was given a test packet including the Learning Style Inventory (LSI) and the Counseling Preference Questionnaire (CPQ). Statistical analyses to explore the relationships in question incorporated the SPSSx computer program at the Computer Center of the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California. The statistical analyses included the Chi square test of association, Chi square goodness-of-fit, and the Analyses of Variance procedure. The findings of this study indicated that only one of the four learning style types (Divergers) was significantly associated with a counseling goal that reflected similar orientations. Also found was a significant but tenuous relationship between the dimensional scores of the LSI and counseling goal preference. It is suggested that although there were tentative indications of relationships between learning styles and counseling goal preferences, the findings of this study were too tenuous to be considered of practical value.



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