Examination of Learning Styles and Teaching Styles HMLT5203 Assignment Mohammad Rinaldi
Introduction• Different student learn in different style, and by matching the students’ preferred learning style with the teacher’s teaching style it is expected that the students’ learning will be improved.• This assignment is to analyze the situation to see whether the learning styles and teaching style match and how much adjustment needed or needs to be made.
Methodology• The learning styles were identify using Don Clark’s Learning Style Survey (http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/styles.html)• There are 13 willing students participants, but only 12 completed the survey.• The teaching style was identify using The Grasha Riechmann Teaching Style Survey (http://longleaf.net/teachingstyle.html)• The survey was completed by the teacher himself
Students’ Learning Style• Based on the learning style survey, it is shown there are 2 large group of students’ learning styles, consisted of: Philosophy and Organizing• And one small group of students with Analyzing learning style.
Preferred Learning ModesPhilosophy:• Prefers to pull a number of different observations and thoughts into an integrated whole in a step- by-step manner (go from details to big-picture).• Prefers to reason logically and design models, theories, and projects.• Likes lectures, analogies, systems, and case studies.• Talking with experts is normally not helpful.
Preferred Learning ModesOrganizing:• Good at adapting to changing circumstances and solves problems in an intuitive, trial-and-error manner, such as discovery learning.• Tends to be at ease with people.• Prefers the challenges of new experiences, involvement with others, assimilation, and role-playing.• Likes anything new, problem solving, and small group discussions.
Teacher’s Teaching StyleBased on the teaching style survey, it is shownthat teacher’s teaching mode is:• Expert• Facilitator• Delegator
Preferred Teaching ModeExpert:• Teacher holds the expertise and knowledge students needFacilitator:• Emphasizes personal nature of teacher/student interactions• Consults with studentsDelegator:• Emphasis on student autonomy and independence• Teacher available on request
Conclusion• Based on the analysis, the teacher’s teaching style only catered one large group of students. This group is expected to have advantages in learning the course.• To adjust with this situation, the teacher is expected to find other strategies in order to cater the needs of other groups.
Recommendation• The teacher will have to shift from Delegator to Personal Model teaching style to cater the need of other groups.• The desired teaching style to cater most of the students’ learning style is: Cluster 3 - facilitator/personal model/expert cluster• Where the teaching mode is: a student-centered model for the classroom. Teachers design activities, social interactions, or problem-solving situations that allow students to practice the processes for applying course content."
References• The Grasha Riechmann Teaching Style Survey (http://longleaf.net/teachingstyle.html)• Teaching Styles: A key for promoting active learning (http://www.jfkcpa.com/Teaching%20Styles.pdf)• Don Clarks Learning Styles (http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/styles.html)