Accomodating multiple learning

By Darren West, Joe Pearce and Moira Chance (2010) Various theories on learning have been developed with increasing frequency in the last few decades.

In order to understand the relationship between these theories, Curry's onion model (Curry, 1983) was developed with four layers -- personality learning theories, information processing theories, social learning theories, and multidimensional and instructional theories.

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Teachers teach with words, which is verbal learning. However, there are learning styles these methods ignore: the kinesthetic or physical method of learning; the aural or hearing learning style; the logical or mathematical sequencing style.

Students need group work for social learning style; they need time alone for solitary style.

With seven learning styles in play, teachers need multiple strategies to accommodate them.

Teachers can accommodate different learning styles with in-class exercises, group work and independent creations.

Virtually every classroom and every student benefits from the accommodation of multiple learning styles.

Michael Stratford is a National Board-certified and Single Subject Credentialed teacher with a Master of Science in educational rehabilitation (University of Montana, 1995).

These can become group and individual class projects; the station thus augments social, solitary, mathematical, aural and visual learning also.

A widely-used learning style accommodation is Fleming's VAK model, which addresses visual, aural and kinesthetic learning in classroom teaching.

Personality learning theories define the influences of basic personality on preferences to acquiring and integrating information.

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