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How Useful are 'Learning Style' Labels?
© Beverley Paine, 1997
Consider these “learning styles” labels, taken from many educational books. If you had to apply one of these to yourself, which one best describes you?
Perhaps it would be true to say you are a mixture of some, or maybe all of the above, with perhaps one or two of the descriptions appearing to dominate.
Is tracking down your dominant attributes, or learning about learning styles, really necessary to work out how to boost your ability to learn? And how much time, energy and effort will it take to do this?
Do we really need to have a label, a name for how we learn best - or do we simply need to know those things which make learning easier for us - for our individual children?
We can talk about how our brains do what they do all day. We can divide the brain up into hemispheres, learn lots of long words, look deeply into the theory of learning. Or we can ask some personal questions about ourselves, or our children, to discover very practical answers we can put to use right now!
What do you think you’d rather do?
Try this. On a scrap of paper draw a mind map (really just a sophisticated bubble diagram) as you go through the check-list overleaf. Using a variety of colours, begin from the centre, drawing and labelling each line out from the centre with the check-list headings. List those things you like/do in each heading and link them to the heading line. You’ll get a kind of tree emerging from a central point - a dendritic pattern. But the pattern isn’t important. What is important is the map of yourself you have just drawn, showing how and when learning happens best for you. All you need to do now to improve your concentration when you are learning, is to duplicate these conditions!
If only things were that simple!
There are other things you need to do, common sense things we often forget. They are also listed overleaf. Don’t underestimate their importance! Remember to ask yourself as you think about learning styles what type of learning is involved in what you want to learn. All to often we focus on “book” or “school” learning. Traditional education has always tended to value more left brain functioning than right. Most of the research in learning styles, “gifted”, “disabled” learners, and accelerated learning stems from the need to correct this imbalance.
In the home learning environment children are given more space, time, stimulation, love, consideration, access to materials, information, etc. Learning unfolds in a natural way, as it did in early childhood. However, there are always things you can do to enhance the learning environment - and should be doing, because they make sense. There will be things that work with one child and not another.
As an interested and dedicated home educating parent you would be finding these things out anyway - without the need to label your children. Sometimes, however, giving something a label can help you deal with a perceived problem, by allowing you to research and access information that can improve the learning environment or your own behaviour and attitudes, and can therefore be very useful.
See also An Introduction to Learning Styles, also by Beverley Paine, and Do You Realize You Have a 'Learning Style'? by Charlie Badenhop
and Learning Styles and Preferences.
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