Sheehan’s Learning Style Inventory – 1967
Peter W. Sheehan based his inventory off of the work of George Herbert Betts (1909) who created an inventory containing 150 items. Sheehan modified Betts’ questionnaire to a reduced amount of 35 items.
Sheehan (1967) followed a similar scale using seven degrees of clearness and vividness within varied imagery designations. The scale started with the greatest clarity to no clarity at all.
- Very vivid and clear as reality.
- Vivid and almost clear as in reality.
- Generally clear and vivid.
- Not so clear and vivid but still recognizable.
- Vague and unclear.
- Very vague and hardly recognizable.
- I think of it, but do not have an image before me.
The Shortened Betts Inventory has been effectively used in research, proven to be a reliable and valid means of measurement.
Betts, G.H. (1909). The distribution and functions of mental imagery. Teachers’ College Columbia University Contributions to Education, 26, 1-99.
Sheehan, P.W. (1967). A shortened form of Betts’ Questionnaire upon Mental Imagery. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 23, 386-389.
Tracy Atkinson, mother of six, lives in the Midwest with her husband and spirited long-haired miniature dachshunds. She is a teacher, having taught elementary school to higher education, holding degrees in elementary education and a master’s in higher education. Her passion is researching, studying and investigating the attributes related to self-directed learners and learning styles. She has published several titles, including MBTI Learning Styles: A Practical Approach, The Art of Learning Journals, Calais: The Annals of the Hidden, Lemosa: The Annals of the Hidden, Book Two, Rachel’s 8 and Securing Your Tent. She is currently working on a non-fiction text exploring the attributes of self-directed learners: The Five Characteristics of Self-directed Learners.