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"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
See also Visual Spatial Learners
fun is important in learning and
Why fun is important in learning (Part 2)
Sean Slade, in The Washington
- 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]
Schools Don't Educate
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...
Math Produces Tangible Learning, Study Finds in The Chronicle of Higher
Suggests Math Teachers Scrap Balls and Slices by Kenneth Chang, New York
- 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!
We Learn by Alison Gopnik, New York
- 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...
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 & 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"...
Mind at a Time by Mel Levine
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...
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...
- 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...
of the Seven Perceptual Styles
- The seven perceptual modes (pathways) included in this theory are print,
aural, interactive, visual, haptic, kinesthetic, and olfactory...
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...
Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H.
- 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...
Early Learner: Identify Your Child's Learning Style
- Does your child prefer words or things? Does he invent stories or
stick to the facts? Heres a look at learning styles and how to
encourage your own childs unique approach...
October 23, 2012