Research Questions Worth Investigating

The following list of research topics is not comprehensive but is intended to suggest the type of questions that would suit researchers.

Does one group know their preferences better than another group?
(Comparison)
Research Design: Control group and a group who are taught about VARK. Question the groups about the strategies they currently use.

Do respondents’ VARK scores reflect what they thought their preferences were beforehand?
(Pre- and post-comparisons)
Research Design: Find the respondents’ perceptions of their VARK scores pre- and post-testing with one of the VARK questionnaires.

Do teachers use strategies aligned with their VARK learning preferences?
(Comparison)
Research Design: Teachers self-report on what teaching strategies they prefer to use. Compare these with the Helpsheet strategies suggested by their scores on the standard VARK Questionnaire.

Do learners use the strategies associated with their VARK preferences?
(Pre- and post-learning about VARK)
Research Design: Find out if they used the strategies before (and after they knew about VARK).

Do learners who use the VARK strategies aligned with their preference(s) report significantly improved learning?
(Improved learning)
Research Design: Self-report on learning between control and VARK groups.

What are the learning preferences of the learners on distance education courses who succeed? What are the learning preferences of the learners on distance education courses who drop-out?
(Distance education success and drop-out rates)
Research Design: Give distance learners a VARK test. Analyze those who drop out/succeed.

Are there any links between learners’ careers and their VARK preferences?
(Career choices)
Research Design: Analyze learner career choices for VARK biases and compare these with their VARK scores.

Are there any links between learners’ subject choices (majors) and their VARK preferences?
(Subject/major choices)
Research Design: Analyze learner subject/major choices for VARK biases and compare these with their VARK scores.

Are there any links between learners’ choices of assessment methods and their VARK preferences?
(Assessment, Testing, Grading)
Research Design: Gather learner preferences for assessment methods and test for any link to their VARK preferences.

Which questions and options in the VARK Questionnaire are the strongest indicators of a strong V or A or R or K preference? That is: What are the question responses most often chosen by those with a single preference for V, A, R or K?
(Factor analysis)
Research Design: Analyze the results from learners with strong preferences to test their responses to each of the questions. Which question responses are positively aligned with their strong preference and which are not?

Which questions and options in the VARK Questionnaire are weak indicators of a strong V or A or R or K preference?
(Factor analysis)
Research Design: Analyze the results from learners with strong preferences to find the responses they chose that are NOT aligned with their preference.

Among those with a multimodal preference, what are the most common components of their multimodal profile (strongest scores)?
(Factor analysis)
Research Design: Analyze the results from multimodal learners to find out the spread of responses to V, A, R and K

Among those with a multimodal preference, what proportion have two-strengths, three-strengths or all-four-strengths?
(Factor analysis)
Research Design: Analyze the results from multimodal learners to find out the spread of responses to V, A, R and K.

Are those with a multimodal preference as a subgroup similar to the total VARK database in terms of their spread of V, A, R and K responses?
(Comparison of sub-groups to whole-group)
Research Design: Analyze the results from multimodal learners to find out the spread of responses V, A, R and K compared with the whole database and the non-multimodal database.

Are single preference learners as a subgroup similar to the total VARK database in terms of their spread of V, A, R and K responses?
(Comparison of sub-groups to whole group)
Research Design: Analyze the results from single preference learners to find out the spread of responses V, A, R and K compared with a whole-group database.

Are those with a multimodal preference as a subgroup similar to the single-preference sub-group in terms of their spread of V, A, R and K responses?
(Comparison of subgroups)
Research Design: Analyze the results from multimodal learners to find out the spread of responses V, A, R and K compared with those who have a single preference.

What is the spread of VARK types in the whole database?
(Spread)
Research Design: Of all the database, what percentage of the total have preferences for V, A, R and K?

What is the spread of responses in the VARK Questionnaire for the whole database?
(Spread)
Research Design: For the entire database, what are the percentages of the responses for V, A, R and K?

What is the distribution of VARK preferences using the standard VARK Questionnaire or the VARK Questionnaire for Teachers  or the VARK Questionnaire for Athletes or the VARK Questionnaire for Younger People?
(Preference percentages for VARK Questionnaires)
Research Design: Using different VARK questionnaires, calculate any significant differences in the distribution of VARK preferences.