This was the third talk I presented at the 2010 Minnesota Catholic Home Educator's Conference this weekend. Attendance was amazing. This was the last slot of the day (3:00) and I had about 40 attendees.
This presentation has 57 slides, which makes it far too large to post all here. I did have some requests for more data, though. I thought I would include some of those things. Feel free to make requests for more information in the com box.
This was one diagram I was asked to include. It is from:
Individual learning style is a combination of environmental, emotional, sociological, and physical responses that characterize how each person learns. Learning style is a function of heredity and experience, and develops individually over the life span.
The Learning Styles in this diagram are based on Kolb's Experiential Learning Theory (ELT).
A typical presentation of Kolb's two continuums is that the east-west axis is called the Processing Continuum (how we approach a task - either doing or watching), and the north-south axis is called the Perception Continuum (our emotional response, or how we think or feel about it). These learning styles are the combination of two lines of axis (continuums) each formed between what Kolb calls 'dialectically related modes' of 'grasping experience' (doing or watching), and 'transforming experience' (feeling or thinking). The result of these two decisions produces (and helps to form throughout our lives) the preferred learning style, hence the two-by-two matrix . We choose a way of 'grasping the experience', which defines our approach to it, and we choose a way to 'transform the experience' into something meaningful and usable, which defines our emotional response to the experience. Our learning style is a product of these two choice decisions:
- how to approach a task - preferring to (a) watch or (b) do , and
- our emotional response to the experience - preferring to (a) think or (b) feel.
- 1(a) - though watching others involved in the experience and reflecting on what happens (watching) or
- 1(b) - through 'jumping straight in' and just doing it (doing)
- 2(a) - through gaining new information by thinking, analyzing, or planning (thinking) or
- 2(b) - through experiencing the 'concrete, tangible, felt qualities of the world' (feeling)
Interestingly enough, these tend to coincide with our Learning Modality! So, Kinesthetic Learners are usually "Sensing Doers". Tactile Learners are usually "Thinking Doers". Visual Learners are usually "Sensing Watchers" and Auditory Learners are usually "Thinking Watchers".
Those quadrants can help you understand how those learners approach problems and learn.
Tomorrow I will add more information from my presentation. Have a pleasant evening!