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Learning Styles
Impacts on Teaching
Learning Styles
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Learning styles correspond to
sensory modalities:
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Visual – learn by seeing
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Sometimes divided into visual and read/write
Auditory
o Kinesthetic
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Learning Styles
 “Good”
learners pick up and remember
new material quickly – most likely, you
are a good learner!
 Which
do you think is your learning
style?
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Write your name under your predication.
Learning Styles
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Test your learning style:
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http://www.varklearn.com/english/page.asp?p=questionnair
e
Did your result match your prediction?
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Write your name under your test result.
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What did you think about the
assessment tool?
Learning Styles
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Potential Issues:
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o
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Wanting to select multiple options
Not feeling that any options fit
Situational – a test that leans toward reading will
produce a different style than one that leans toward
calculation
Real-life scenarios don’t necessarily correspond well
to academic situations
Learning Styles
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Problems with Learning Styles Assessment Tools:
o Low reliability (~0.6)
• Expect to get the same results each time you
administer it, but this happens just over half the time
• Why?
 Test may not be a reliable measure
 Learning styles change based on interpretation of
question, age, and experience
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What cognitive research tells us:
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Help students more by presenting them with multiple modalities
o bolsters weaker areas
o draws on multiple memory pathways
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“Preferred learning modality” changes based on the type of
material.
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Material is typically stored independently of any modality.
Memories stored in terms of meaning, not if you saw, heard, or
interacted with information.
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Attempts to match material to learning style may benefit some
students, but will actually harm others.
Learning Styles
Case Study:
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Lesson – Molecular Structure
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Class #1 – build ball & stick models
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Class #2 - read text and look at pictures
How would kinesthetic learners and visual/verbal learners score on a
later test in each class? What is your prediction?
Learning Styles
Case Study:
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Results:
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Class #1:
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Kinesthetic – 95% (enjoyed lesson more)
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Visual/verbal – 80%
Learning Styles
Case Study:
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Results:
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Class #1:
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Kinesthetic – 95% (enjoyed lesson more)
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Visual/verbal – 80%
Class #2:
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Kinesthetic – 70%
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Visual/verbal – 70% (enjoyed lesson more)
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Interpretation of Results:
For a given lesson, one instructional technique turns out to be optimal
for all students – the one that best fits the content!
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Fitting Modality to Content
Example: Understand dynamics of carbon cycle
I’ve tried:
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Static images and talking through
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Static images with students reading and asking questions
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Images that students have to connect with arrows
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Narrated animation
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Walk through cycle with each student being a “carbon atom”, then
diagram their pathway & compare with those of classmates
Learning Styles
Learning Styles
Vexing Topic to Present: suggestions?
How could this topic be presented:
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Visually?
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Read/Write?
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Auditory?
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Kinesthetic?

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