An analysis of thinking preferences across three health care disciplines

A. M. Wium, H. Pitout*, A. Human, P. H. du Toit

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Three lecturers respectively in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy (SLPA, OT and PT) at a public Higher Education Institution in South Africa collaborated to determine thinking preferences. The Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI®) was used to collect data from three lecturers while an adapted version of the HBDI® was used to collect data from second year students and colleagues in the three disciplines. The results from students showed a trend towards left brain dominance with a primary preference for the B-quadrant mode of thinking. The students’ brain dominance did not necessarily correlate with those of the lecturers or their colleagues. The results created a better understanding of students’ thinking preferences, made lecturers more accountable and emphasised the importance of making provision for diversity in teaching and learning. Less preferred ways of thinking need to be challenged with a view to promoting ‘whole brain’ thinking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-41
Number of pages9
JournalInnovations in Education and Teaching International
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2017


  • Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI®)
  • health care sciences
  • learning style
  • thinking preferences
  • whole brain learning


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