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Learning styles final

  1. 1. Introduction to LEARNING STYLES National Liaisons Workshop (6) ITOCA / BLDS
  2. 2. Perception & Preference <ul><li>“ If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear as it is - infinite” </li></ul><ul><li>William Blake </li></ul><ul><li>“ I never say I have a preference for one medium as opposed to another”  </li></ul><ul><li>Christine Baranski </li></ul>
  3. 3. Learning Styles - Objectives <ul><li>By the end of this session, you will: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognise that training is an ongoing experiment into the modes, models and preferences of thinking and processing information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maximize training success by understanding that various learning styles and preferences exist and vary among students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Incorporate activities that will maximize students preference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Know how to make learning enjoyable, faster and easier </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What is a learning style? <ul><li>Throughout this module, the terms “learning style” and “learning preference” will be synonymous </li></ul>
  5. 5. Learning Styles <ul><li>Each person perceives, processes, stores and retrieves material in a unique way that is individual to their preference and style </li></ul>
  6. 6. Learning Style Theory <ul><li>Educational researchers, psychologists, and sociologists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>observed adults in education settings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identified patterns of learner preferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hoped to determine any commonalties </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Learning style theories result of research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider one spectrum of learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How people process information </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Learners have preferences <ul><li>Learners prefer different types of input and experiences such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some prefer structure and others like flexibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some prefer independence while others like a social or group learning environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some prefer auditory (hearing) input, others visual (seeing) and still others like kinesthetic (movements) inputs </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Learning Style <ul><li>Although we have inherent preferences we will learn in most every environment </li></ul><ul><li>Learning is more pleasant when our individual preferences are targeted </li></ul><ul><li>Adult learners are flexible & adaptable! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Assessing learning styles <ul><li>Various instruments available: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBPTI) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning Styles Inventory (Dunn and Dunn) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many more instruments exist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Look online! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Assessing your personal learning style <ul><li>Trainers should know their own learning preferences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We tend to teach the way we like to learn which may be a disservice to our students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If a misunderstanding arises use your knowledge of learning styles to reflect </li></ul><ul><li>May provide clues to the reason for misunderstanding </li></ul>
  11. 11. Variety in class - examples <ul><li>Can you think of different ways to promote variety in the classroom? </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss in pairs, 3 minutes </li></ul>
  12. 12. Learning Styles <ul><li>[Show Video] </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Knowledge of learning styles and creation of diverse lesson plans helps: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>student to be comfortable in an optimal learning environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>students to grow and develop beyond their learning preferences </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Learning Style Theory – Tasks (15 mins) <ul><li>In your groups, find out about the learning style theory assigned to your group </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Auditory - visual - kinesthetic preferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social and independent learning styles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analytic and global learning preferences </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Present a 5 minute presentation on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning style theory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activities associated with learning style </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Impact on IL training </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Learning Styles <ul><li>What are the key learning points from this session? </li></ul>
  16. 16. Learning Styles - Summary <ul><li>People process information in a variety of ways </li></ul><ul><li>Learners have a learning preference </li></ul><ul><li>Adults are flexible and adaptable </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing your learning preference can influence your training style </li></ul><ul><li>Variety in the classroom will improve the learning experience </li></ul>
  17. 17. Learning Style - Summary <ul><li>Encourage students to broaden learning preferences </li></ul><ul><li>Know your learning style </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dunn and Dunn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Myers and Briggs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look Online! </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Group A <ul><ul><li>Auditory - visual - kinesthetic preferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Define learning style / preferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activities associated with these learning styles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approaches that could be adopted in IL session </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Group B <ul><ul><li>Social and independent learning styles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Define learning style / preferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activities associated with these learning styles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approaches that could be adopted in IL session </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Group C <ul><li>Analytic and global learning preferences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Define learning style / preferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activities associated with these learning styles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approaches that could be adopted in IL session </li></ul></ul>

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