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Learning Styles

"There is no good or bad learning style; each enables that person to learn. However, many parents and teachers do not understand and, therefore, do not acknowledge children's diverse learning patterns. When those adults disparage how certain children try to learn, they inadvertently encourage those youngsters to study in the wrong way (for the youngster). This scenario is particularly accurate for many talented youngsters whose learning style preferences also differ from those of other learners." by Rita Dunn, Karen Burke & Janet Whitely, What Do You Know About Learning Style? A Guide for Parents of Gifted Children

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Why fun is important in learning and Why fun is important in learning (Part 2) Recommended by Sean Slade, in The Washington Post
Why do we assume that learning only occurs when kids are serious and quiet?  The belief remains strong that learning can only take place when kids are quiet and the work laborious, that any activities where engaged kids seem to be enjoying themselves must be superfluous, and that teachers who make learning fun run the risk of being declared unprofessional.  This thinking is having an adverse effect on what kids learn and how they are taught. [emphasis added]
 
Why Schools Don't Educate Recommended by John Taylor Gatto
Laments about our schools are nothing new. John Taylor Gatto insists the problem goes deeper; we’ve turned our schools, he says, into “torture chambers.” Read the text of the speech Gatto gave upon being named New York City’s Teacher of the Year...
 
Abstract Math Produces Tangible Learning, Study Finds in The Chronicle of Higher Education
Study Suggests Math Teachers Scrap Balls and Slices by Kenneth Chang, New York Times
In a a randomized, controlled experiment (rare in education), researchers found that teaching math in the abstract results in more understanding than teaching math with real-life examples... uh, oh!
 
How We Learn by Alison Gopnik, New York Times
If children who don't even go to school learn so easily, why do children who go to school seem to have such a hard time? Why can children solve problems that challenge computers but stumble on a third-grade reading test? When we talk about learning, we really mean two quite different things, the process of discovery and of mastering what one discovers...
 
Learning Differences by Fernette Eide
Learning differences & disabilities - explaining how they might present in the classroom, on the playground, or at home...
 
Learning Styles
Discussion and assessment of various learning styles, including visual...
 
Learning Styles by R. M. Felder
When mismatches exist between learning styles of most students in a class and the teaching style of the professor, the students may become bored and inattentive in class, do poorly on tests, get discouraged about the courses, the curriculum, and themselves (includes examples and comparison of various learning styles)
 
Learning & Thinking Styles by Valorie King
When we talk about an individual's "learning style" we think we're all talking about the same thing. But, are we really? There are approximately 127 different factors identified by researchers as contributing to "learning styles." Hold onto your hats for a whirlwind tour of "learning styles"...
 
A Mind at a Time by Mel Levine
Mel Levine: Teaching All Kinds of Minds Listen on NPR
Recognizing each child's intellectual, emotional, and physical strengths--and teaching directly to these strengths--is key to sculpting "a mind at a time," Detailed steps describe how mental processes work for capable kids, and how they can be finessed to serve those who struggle...
 
Multiple Intelligences: It's Not How Smart You Are, It's How You Are Smart!
Howard Gardner's multiple intelligence theory has asked educators to take a fresh look at our assumptions about children and learning...
 
Neurolearning Library
Children's individual 'road maps' of learning preferences and difficulties can tell us much information about how to optimize their learning, but sometimes it can be difficult figuring out a particular child's ways...
 
Overview of the Seven Perceptual Styles
The seven perceptual modes (pathways) included in this theory are print, aural, interactive, visual, haptic, kinesthetic, and olfactory...
 
Personality and Cognitive Learning Styles of Academically Talented Youth CTY Topical Research Series #2
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) have studied the personality and cognitive learning styles of academically talented students since 1983 and have accumulated the largest database of information in the world on this topic...
 
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H. Pink
The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't...
 
Your Early Learner: Identify Your Child's Learning Style 
Does your child prefer words or things?  Does he invent stories or stick to the facts?  Here’s a look at learning styles and how to encourage your own child’s unique approach...

Last updated September 09, 2014
 

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