Critical Review of Learning Style Essay

606 Words Feb 28th, 2012 3 Pages
| Module AC0696 Portfolio 1: Learning for Practice Development | Assessment 2 | | Kelly Smith | |

Each of us has our own learning style. Learning is an individual process unique to each and every one and as individuals we tend to prefer different learning methods. Some people learn by listening some by reading, some by looking at diagrams and others by reading and writing. The end result of the learning process may be completely different to that of their peers. The following essay will be a critical reflective review that will examine and evaluate my own learning style. Due to the word constraints of the essay it will not be possible to review my own learning style in relation to all theories.

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In contrast, Fleming’s VARK model (2001) states that I have a strong preference for learning by reading and writing.

During this process of evaluating, comparing and contrasting different theorists models against my own strengths and weaknesses I have discovered my own personal learning style is very much dynamic; and is dependent upon both intrinsic and extrinsic factors such as the particular topic, the setting, deadlines, intellectual fulfilment, motivation, work load and time management. The view that learning styles are a dynamic process are shared by Kolb (1984) who stated that learning is not a fixed trait and changes slightly from situation to situation and Honey and Mumford (2000) who believe that learning styles can be adapted to suit the circumstances.

There is a benefit to knowing your own learning style as it can provide an awareness to how you learn best (Kolb, 1984). Frankel (2009) then states that you can then apply this learning into practise can have a significant impact. In contrast Reynolds (1997), Gutiérrez and Rogoff (2003) Scott (2010) state that the issue of learning styles are quite restrictive; and instead of liberating people from stereotyping; it has become a way of defining what people are capable of and as
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