Learning styles

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Learning styles

  1. 1. + Learning Styles INTC 5110 Fall 2010
  2. 2. + What Style AreYou?  http://www.ldpride.net/learning-style-test.html  http://www.chaminade.org/inspire/learnstl.htm  http://www.learning-styles-online.com/inventory/  http://www.learningstyles.org/  http://agelesslearner.com/assess/learningstyle.html
  3. 3. +Different Theories of Learning Styles  Myers-Briggs (http://www2.gsu.edu/~dschjb/wwwmbti.html )  Not really a learning styles theory, but a personality test  Used heavily in business  Not corroborated in studies that measure achievement
  4. 4. +Different Theories of Learning Styles  Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences  verbal-linguistic  musical-rhythmic  logical-mathematical  visual-spatial  bodily-kinesthetic  intrapersonal  interpersonal
  5. 5. +Different Theories of Learning Styles  Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences  Intelligence redefined as:  a biopsychological potential to process information that can be activated in a cultural setting to solve problems or create products that are of value in a culture  Gardner himself has always held that his is a theory about intelligence, not a prescriptive theory for instruction or learning
  6. 6. +Different Theories of Learning Styles  Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences  Intelligence redefined as:  a biopsychological potential to process information that can be activated in a cultural setting to solve problems or create products that are of value in a culture  Gardner himself has always held that his is a theory about intelligence, not a prescriptive theory for instruction or learning. Also, he states it is not a good idea to try to teach all things to all intelligences.
  7. 7. +Different Theories of Learning Styles  Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences  Zero research supporting claims of MI increasing student achievement  http://educationnext.org/reframing-the-mind/  http://educationnext.org/files/ednext20043_18.pdf
  8. 8. +Different Theories of Learning Styles  Brain based Learning  Caine and Caine suggested that the structure of the brain is predictive of how people learn  http://www.brainconnection.com/topics/?main=fa/brain- based2  Again, based loosely on neuroscience, but neuroscience community does not support extrapolation of its research in this manner
  9. 9. +Different Theories of Learning Styles  Locus of Control  External or Internal  http://wilderdom.com/psychology/loc/LocusOfControlWhatIs. html  Similar issues  How is it measured?  Is it stable?  Does it predict?  If we change instruction does it help?
  10. 10. + Conclusion  While learning styles have been touted as very important, there is little evidence that they are  More practice than research based  Little or no evidence in favor of wholesale changes in how we instruct  So what do we do with this?

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