In 1987 Rita Dunn and Ken Dun developed the Learning-styles Model, explaining that every individual learns using different senses <br />(Gregory & Chapman, 2007).<br />
Visual Learning<br />Visual learners learn best from seen or read materials. They benefit best by using illustrations, pictures, and diagrams. Graphic organizers and colors are useful tools that help to construct meaning visually (Gregory& Chapman, 2007). Here are some other traits that attach to visual learners:<br /><ul><li>Forgetful of names, but comes by spelling naturally.
Would be good with sign language (Clark, 2000).</li></li></ul><li>Learning Visually Through Technology<br />CD-Rom and PowerPoint <br />Video <br />Technology that benefits Visual learners could be E-Readers, Video, CD-Rom, and PowerPoint. These devices uses colors, design, and images to allow learners to visualize what they see.<br />E-Readers<br />
Auditory Learning<br />Auditory learners can absorb spoken and heard materials easily, and prefer discussions over reading. They enjoy lectures, stories, and songs. Voice inflection and pitch greatly benefit this type of learner (Gregory & Chapman, 2007).Traits describing auditory learners are:<br /><ul><li>Reads to self out loud.
Excel in study groups (Clark, 2000).</li></li></ul><li>Auditory Learning Through Technology<br />Audio books<br />MP3 Players<br />Technology that benefits Auditory learners could be MP3 players, video, and/ or audio books. These devices require the learner to listen.<br />Video<br />
Tactile/Kinesthetic Learning<br />Tactile/Kinesthetic learners learn best by handling materials, writing, drawing, being involved with concrete materials, moving, and doing. These type of learners need to be involved in activities that are meaningful and relevant (Gregory & Chapman, 2007). Some traits that describe tactile/ kinesthetic learners are:<br /><ul><li>Good at sports.
Gets fidgety during lectures(Clark, 2000).</li></li></ul><li>Tactile/Kinesthetic Learning Through Technology<br />Simulations<br />Video Games<br />Technology that would benefit Tactile/Kinesthetic learners would be things like video games, simulations, and/or musical instruments. These devices call for the learner to actively do what they are learning.<br />Musical Instruments<br />
Every learning style can be accommodated to enhance learning. Once an individual establishes their style of learning, they can take the next step towards their personal techniques to learn by.<br />
References<br />Clark, D. (2000). Visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning styles (VAK). Retrieved September 11, 2011 from http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/styles/vakt.html<br />Gregory, G.H., Chapman, C. (2007). Differentiated instructional strategies: one size does not fit all (2nd Ed.). Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin Press.<br />Henson Company, (1960). Visual thinking [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFbyujLT8HQ<br />