Here’s a single page questionnaire to download and use with your learners.
Learning Styles Questionnaire
It's a first step to discovering, valuing and using unique learning styles. It will open up a discussion in class and in school about learning choices. But remember - questionnaires like this describe a profile of strengths and potential. Avoid labelling pupils as this or that sort of learner because with learning labels come learning limits. Refer to 'visual learning' instead of a 'visual learner'.
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There is little or no conclusive evidence that providing for an individual's unique learning style will raise their achievement. However, by establishing how learning preferences vary between individuals we are able to make our teaching far more engaging and effective. For example, by asking pupils if they learn less effectively when the room is over 25 degrees we become aware that temperature may affect achievement. Likewise, just because we like to work in collaborative groups doesn't mean that all of our pupils will.
Unique preferences comprise many features including the where, when, how and with whom of learning. As teachers all we have is limited control of some of these features:
by Getting the big picture first? Getting the detail first?
by Seeing? Hearing? Touching? Imagining? Reading? Moving?
Warm? Cool? Bright? Dim? Noisy? Quiet? Formal? Informal?
Friends? Groups? Teams? Alone?
Well-motivated? Need support? Keep going? Maverick? Conformist?
Year 8s (King Edward VI Camphill Girls) express their learning styles
Here are four questions/assertions that you might like to discuss and debate with colleagues:
I’ve worked with Barbara Prashnig and have previously delivered her online Learning and Working Styles Analysis programme. I use the concept of learning preferences when I design training sessions and include simple and practical ways to better match teaching styles with different learning styles.
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