In this commentary, the authors provide a general overview of the state of the art in the area of cognitive learning styles, review three popular and relatively well-accepted cognitive styles models, and describe related research studies in nursing and nursing education which have been based on these particular models and have utilized their related instrumentation. The specific models of cognitive style addressed include Herman A. Witkin's model of cognitive perception and the conceptual formation and retention models of David A. Kolb and Anthony F. Gregor. Educational implications of cognitive styles are discussed and recommendations for future research in the field are presented.



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