What are the different learning styles
The best way for a person to learn depends on the person, of course. It is well know that people have different learning styles that work best for them.
Although there are many different learning styles but the best approach for an instructor to take is to address a variety of learning styles with their teaching plan. It is also helpful to encourage students to understand their preferred learning style.
Types and different learning styles ( Types of learning styles )
- Visual Learners : Visual Learners learn through seeing! They need to be able to see the teachers body language and facial expressions to fully understand the content. *This is the most prevalent learning style.*
- Auditory Learners : Auditory Learners learn through listening! They learn best through verbal lectures. Auditory learners also can interpret underlying meanings through listening to the tone of the speakers voice, the pitch of their voice and the speed of their speech. Classroom noises can easily distract from their learning.
- Tactile/Kinesthetic Learners : These people learn best through moving, doing and touching! Kinesthetic learners have a hard time sitting still for long periods of time and can be easily distracted by activity
and commotion. Interactive activities help these people learn best!
Teaching to different learning styles
The styles of learning are different, but the teaching is just the same. By the time students reach the college level it is often assumed that they have figured out the best and most productive way to study to retain information. Of course, this is not a correct assumption.
Teachers should make students aware of the various learning styles and encourage them to consider their preferred style as they complete their studies.
Students learn differently. As such, there is no one teaching strategy, method, or technique that is successful for all students, in every situation. This concept is not new to those who have spent time in a classroom – as either a student or as an instructor.
Instructors often believe the way they learn is the right or easiest way for their students to learn. Often they base their choice of methods of instruction upon that belief. While many educators believe that teachers teach the way they were taught, some refute that claim, offering instead that teachers teach the way they learn (Dunn & Dunn, 1979; Gregorc, 1979).
For over a century educators have wondered what to do about individual differences among learners. As early as 1924, Stormzand theorized that some teaching methods are better suited to a particular style of learning than are others. Today we know that, for learning to be successful, the teaching style must complement the students’ learning style.
Learning style is not only an important factor in how teachers teach, but also in the way students learn, their academic achievement, and in student-teacher interaction (Witkin, 1973). Learning style is also influential in determining which teaching methods are most appropriate in the classroom.
Since students’ learning styles cannot be changed over the long run (Gregorc, 1982), instructors must master several different teaching methods if they are to cause students to reach their learning potential.
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