As I have ample time now to go back on the previous lessons that we had, it may be prudent for me to recompose and post some of the important notes. I know it’s quite late but I’m pretty sure it will aid in reviewing the entire course. Happy reviewing! 😀
Accounting for individual learning styles is not a new idea. As early as 334 BC, Aristotle said that “each child possessed specific talents and skills” and he noticed individual differences in young children. It means that even in the distant past, a person’s natural tendency to learn better in a particular way was observed. This probably paved the way to have more studies and development on the said matter.
Learning style can also be described as a set of factors, behaviors, and attitudes that facilitate learning for an individual in a given situation. Each person is born with certain tendencies toward particular styles, but these biological or inherited characteristics are influenced by culture, personal experiences, maturity level, and development. Style can be considered a “contextual” variable or construct because what the learner brings to the learning experience is as much a part of the context as are the important features of the experience itself.
It has also been shown that different hemispheres of the brain contain different perception avenues. Some researchers claim that several types of cells present in some brains are not present in others.
The way children learn also changes over time. As a child grows and matures, his or her brain grows, develops and matures. The important thing to know is that a child’s strengths and weaknesses aren’t carved in stone. As time passes the way a child learns best may change significantly. So, this implies that one’s learning style is not stagnant. The child may be visual-spatial learner during his early education years which may eventually turn being kinaesthetic learner on the coming years of learning.
Accounting for the differences of individual learning styles in relation to the five senses, it is interesting to note that on the average, as enumerated by Rief (1993), we tend to retain:
- 10% of what they read
- 20% of what they hear
- 30% of what they see
- 50% of what they see and hear
- 70% of what they say
- 90% of what they say and do
Why do we need to be aware of our own and others’ learning styles? Simply put, it was concluded that learners experience more pleasure, are more engaged, and acquire new skills with much less effort when the experience matches their individual preferences. Therefore, it will be a good investment for both the teacher and learner to focus some effort on enhancing one’s earning styles in an effort to foster better learning experiences. After all, I believe that everyone wants an enjoyable and at the same time productive learning environment.
What Are Learning Styles. Retrieved June 8, 2013 from http://web.cortland.edu/andersmd/learning/Introduction.htm