One of the things that the people who study such things have been able to determine over the years is that there are several different ways we process information and that means that we all learn in different ways. This discovery was welcome news for the educators of the world since armed with this knowledge they were able to pinpoint how and why some students did better in certain situations than others, and students themselves were able to decide which of these atmospheres suited them best.
Almost all modern teaching programs take a look at the different kinds of teaching styles and suggest that all candidates keep them in mind to work them into their teaching styles so that they can add a variety that doesn’t over look any one group. After careful consideration, it becomes apparent that the best way to keep anyone interested in the subject matter at hand is to involve personal interest. If they can relate the subject to themselves somehow, they will maintain their interest. This doesn’t just apply to students either. This rule of “what’s in it for me?” works right across the board for adults as well.
Basically there are three learning styles and the first of these deals with those of us who are called Visual Learners. These people need to read body language to get the full extent of the message. These kind of people tend to like to be at the front of the room so there isn’t anything blocking their view of the teacher of whatever else they happen to be learning from. You can tell if you tend to lean toward this kind of learning if you’re the type who gets the most from the likes of films and overhead projectors.
Like the name implies, Tactile or Kinesthetic learners tend to learn best by actually being able to touch the things they are learning from. If you’re right at the front when someone passes something around they want you to feel, the chances are you belong in this group. Generally, they’re a bit of a hyper bunch who like to move around and may have a bit of a hard time sitting still for long periods. They might even not be able to learn at all if forced to sit still as they’re not feeding the need for activity and exploration.
The last group uses their ears more than any other sense. These are the people who are more often than not seen sitting quietly listening. They feed off the nuance of voices and the tone, speed and pitch quite often tells them just as much as the actual words. For these people, things written down on a page might not have any meaning until they can hear the same words being spoken aloud.
It’s important for everyone to know which of these groups they fall into so that they can get the best educational experience possible that suits their individual style. More info on learning styles here. and here
Modified: September 26th, 2017
Published: April 9th, 2008