Learning Style Diversity in the Classroom: Everyone Can Learn, if we Just Knew How to Teach Them.
Dr Barbara Prashing.
Although there is a significant difference in the set-up of primary school and high school classrooms, all education institutions provide similar furniture, and teachers expect that students sit at their desks and do their school work. Most educators have never thought about the effects conventional classrooms have on students' learning attitudes, behaviours, and most importantly, academic achievement. Better knowledge about learning styles has given us an understanding about the differences in learning needs between analytic (left-brain dominant), reflective learners and holistic (right-brain dominant), impulsive learners. We now know that these different types of learners who can always be found in every classroom, react differently to the classroom set-up. Traditional, formal classrooms will affect analytic learners positively but inhibit concentration and the learning potential of holistic learners - in the worst case switch them off from learning for good!
With the help of our Internet assessment instrument, the Learning Style Analysis (LSA), we can now determine which students need bright or dim light, comfortable or formal seating, warm or cool temperatures, and which ones need quiet and learn better with music in the background. Apart from these important areas teachers can also find out which senses students prefer for information intake: Visual – Auditory – Tactile – Kinesthetic, whether they learn best when moving or nibbling and drinking water, and at which time of day they function best. The LSA report also gives detailed information about social aspects and learning attitudes as well as practical guidelines for each student how to learn best.
Every participant will receive a complimentary Learning Style Analysis (LSA) profile via our website either before or after the presentation
Dr Barbara Prashing (New Zealand)
Training & Research
Creative Learning Company
A native Austrian, migrated to New Zealand in 1985, taught at Auckland University for five years. A teacher/ trainer in Austria for 17 years, with a double M.A. degree in Educational Sciences and English; studied Suggestopedia with Lozanov in the US, pioneered learning styles applications in New Zealand and internationally.
(30 min. Conference Paper, English)