Learning Styles Essay

4126 Words Jan 16th, 2013 17 Pages
1. What I intend to do

In this assignment I will aim to discuss the factors which can affect learning for a student. Incorporated in this I will discuss theories of ‘learning styles’, comparing and contrasting them and try to identify aspects which can impact upon my practice. I will analyse my own teaching style and that of others to see how the theories can be applied and also assess my own success in meeting the needs of the students.

1.1 Why?

The information provided in this assignment will allow me a better understanding of the variety of ways a student can learn. This will impact on my future as it will allow me to become a more successful classroom practitioner and allow me to recognise and cater for a variety of styles in
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Abstract perceivers, however, take in information through analysis, observation, and thinking.
2. Active and reflective processors–Active processors make sense of an experience by immediately using the new information. Reflective processors make sense of an experience by reflecting on and thinking about it.
Schooling generally focuses on active and reflective processors however concrete and abstract perceivers are becoming more and more catered for.
Learning styles theories impact education through the curriculum, instruction and assessment. The curriculum must place emphasis on intuition, feeling, sensing, and imagination, in addition to the traditional skills of analysis, reason, and sequential problem solving. In the instruction, teachers should design their instruction methods to connect with all four learning styles, using various combinations of experience, reflection, conceptualization, and experimentation. Finally, in assessment teachers should employ a variety of assessment techniques, focusing on the development of “whole brain” capacity and each of the different learning styles
(http://www.funderstanding.com/content/learning-styles)
Learning theories have been grouped into five clusters:
4.1 Behaviourism learning theory
Behaviourism is a view that operates on a principle of “stimulus-response.”, in other words all behaviour is in some way
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