Teachers’ Instructional Style Preference and Pupils’ Academic Achievement in Ibadan: Another Angle to the Knowledge


  • Oluseyi Matthew Odebiyi
  • Ishola Akindele Salami Early Childhood Education Unit, University of Ibadan, Ibadan


Instructional styles, Primary school teacher, Academic achievement, learning style,


The most determinant factor of pupils’ academic performance at the level of primary education is teacher. Teacher related factors are many some of which are; the teacher’s personalities, subject-matter knowledge, method/strategy commonly adopted and also instructional style preference. All these factors are capable of determining the quality of instruction but instructional style has a potential of being the strongest influential factor on quality of teaching. Past scholars depict teaching style in such a way that made it seems not related to the teachers’ learning styles. But learning style preference can determine teachers’ perception of how learning occur which, in the other hand can determine the style of instructional delivery of the teacher. This study therefore examined the style of instruction delivery from the angle of learning styles of the teacher and termed it ‘instructional styles preference’. The influence of instructional style on the academic achievement of the pupils was also determined. Teachers that demonstrated visual-based instructional style produced pupils with highest academic achievement and this style of instruction was recommended for primary school teachers among other recommendations.


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How to Cite

Odebiyi, O. M., & Salami, I. A. (2015). Teachers’ Instructional Style Preference and Pupils’ Academic Achievement in Ibadan: Another Angle to the Knowledge. Asian Journal of Education and E-Learning, 3(3). Retrieved from https://ajouronline.com/index.php/AJEEL/article/view/2649