Learning Styles Skill-Builders
All learners are not equal. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from many different backgrounds. Some prefer to process information through text, while others want visual support and images. Some learners assimilate information individually; others prefer to work in groups. Some people grasp information intuitively and quickly, whereas others prefer to see a strong sequential path and take time to reflect. In the end, the only thing you can say for sure is that every individual learns in his or her own particular way.
This topic offers a model through which we can better understand how a person's learning preferences may differ. The model suggests that all learners travel through a four stage cycle on their way to full appreciation of a topic or subject (and being able to act on that knowledge). These stages are Attending, Translating, Relating and Understanding.
This 12 page Skill-Builder Booklet shows you how to apply the following key action steps:
1. Attending properly to the context in which learning is to take place or the core message is to be received, as well as to personal motivation
2. Translating what you are seeking to learn in terms of language, style of information transfer, and type of data delivery
3. Relating the new learning to what you know already and using analogies and metaphors to help link concepts
4. Understanding the core information by appreciating theoretical value, usefulness, and wider applications (including extending theory to real or practical situations)
5. Reflecting on new learning by thinking about how you feel - positively or negatively -about the information received and then re-thinking the issues arising to respond to the learning (accept, reject or store for later use)
6. Acting on new learning including expanding concepts and building new patterns of thinking or new ways of behaving/acting