Psy 100: Psychology in Everyday Life
August 8, 2012
Analyze Results of the Learning Styles Inventory
Students learn in many ways- by seeing and hearing: reflecting and acting: reasoning logically and intuitively: memorizing and visualizing. Teaching methods also vary. Some instructors lecture, others demonstrate or discuss: some focus on rules and others on examples: some emphasize memory and others understanding. The ways in which an individual characteristically acquires, retains, and retrieves information are collectively termed the individual’s learning style. The Learning Styles Inventory results states that I am an Auditory Learner and I learn best by hearing. The inventory test suggest try recording lectures or listening to other auditory materials related to the subject at hand. If discussions are in written form read them aloud to assist in processing the information. Utilize a study group when available. Clayton and Murrell (1987) describes four ‘layers’ of learning atyle research – (1) personality types, (2) models of how people process information, (3) social interaction models, and instructional preference models. Serious mismatches may occur between the learning styles of students in a class and the teaching style of the instructor (Felder & Silverman 1988; Lawrence 1993: Oxford et al. 1991; Schmeck 1988), with unfortunate potential consequences.
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