A. understand what learning styles are;
B. identify your preferred learning style;
C. reflect on how the knowledge of learning styles can improve learning experiences.
The idea of a learning style is that we all have a way in which we prefer to learn. For example, some people like to sit down and read about a subject while others prefer to learn by engaging in some kind of physical activity.
There are many different learning styles models; one literature review identified 71 different models.
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However, it's not so simple as learning preferences can change over time or depending on circumstances - as you are required to do different things at work and in life more generally. There are substantial criticisms of learning-styles approaches. Although there is ample evidence that individuals express preferences for how they prefer to receive information, few studies have found that using learning styles in education is really effective. Despite of this, the theories of learning styles remain very popular and widely accepted.
Would you like to determine your learning style as well as those of your colleagues and see how that can benefit your company?
One of the most popular theories of learning styles is that they fall into three “categories:” Visual Learners, Auditory Learners and Tactile or Kinesthetic Learners.
Animated examples of different learning styles (3:16 min)
"Good Thinking! — Sending "Learning Styles" Out of Style" - this video argues that independent of a preferred "learning style", all students benefit from a combination of different learning methods (7:16 min)
What's your learning style? (1:34 min)
TIPS AND TRICKS
You can get clues to whether someone is visual, auditory or tactile from the kind of language that they use:
• Visual persons will use phrases like “I see what you mean”, and “Let me get the picture straight in my mind”
• Auditory persons will be more likely to say “I hear what you’re saying”
• Tactiles, on the other hand, will “feel your pain” and give you a hug
A knowledge of learning styles may help you identify which ways of learning might be more enjoyable for you.
Even if there are elements of your course which do not particularly suit you, bear with it! Different experiences will broaden your ability to learn in different ways, which is always helpful.
• Learning styles are the ways we prefer to learn;
• According to one of the main learning styles theories, learners can be divided into auditory, visual and tactile;
• There is a lack of scientific evidence that matching activities to one’s learning style improves learning;
• However, understanding learning styles and the natural learning preference, you can choose more enjoyable learning experiences and work on expanding the way you learn;
• By using a variety of teaching methods, teachers can cater to different learning styles at once, and improve learning.
THINK OF SOME ANSWERS TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS
What do you think is your learning style?
How understanding different learning styles can help your business?