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Learning Approaches- Kathleen Ericksen

Learning Approaches

By- Kathleen Ericksen – Parent Advocate | Teacher |  Psychologist – Chicago USA

Different people approach learning in very different ways. Example: Some students like working in groups, while others prefer to work independently. Some learn best with the help of visual material, while others, learn better listening. These different approaches depend on a number of individual factors, such as:

  • the personalities, the age, background
  • their beliefs about learning
  • The types of teaching to which they have been exposed to, and their reactions to the way the teachers teach.

Howard Gardner, from Harvard University, identified and introduced seven kinds of intelligence. The theory of Multiple Intelligences has a great impact on teaching and learning. Here is a website for the students to discover their strengths and understand

their weaknesses. Multiple Intelligences Test and Learning Styles Information –

What Is Your Learning Style?

This is a quiz of 24 questions and will take less than five minutes to complete. By the end, you will have some insights into your learning preferences.

There are 3 different kind of learning styles:

  • Auditory-listening
  • prefer verbal instructions
  • comfortable learning by listening
  • Visual – Seeing, Reading, Visualizing
    • needs to see the content written
    • does well with reading comprehension
    • a picture tells a thousand words
    • prefers to see maps and pictures as part of explanation
    • Kinesthetic – Doing, Moving, Touching, Writing
    • writing things down clarifies thoughts
    • likes to draw pictures
    • enjoys working with hands and body
    • likes to move and speak the language

Two Environments – intrapersonal and interpersonal

  • Intrapersonal – working alone
  • likes to solve problems independently
  • does not like to work or study in groups
  • Interpersonal – working with others
  • prefers discussion before decision is made
  • likes to do assignments and study with others



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