Your child’s learning style is their mind’s particular way of mentally absorbing and processing information. Their process and ability is what makes them unique and special. It is the very reason everyone has talent or skills and why there are other areas they find challenging. It is good to know your child’s distinctive way of learning because it will better equip them for school and work; knowing your little ones learning style will help you prepare them for life (Carol Carter, Joyce Bishop & Sarah Lyman Kravits, 2007). Understanding various learning styles also establishes appreciation for the learning process and intelligence of others, it can also lend to patience and acceptance for all the different types of people in the world.
In 1983 a Harvard professor name Howard Gardner presented a theory of learning that changed the perspective of many when he introduced various styles of learning and types intelligence. Gardner defined intelligence as “the ability to solve problems or fashion products that are useful in a cultural setting or community (Carter, Bishop, Kravits, 2007).”
Gardner’s opinion is that the way an individual learns consists of a combination of thought processes that come from distinctive skills, challenges, experiences and training. Furthermore, Gardner believed individuals’ abilities in the various learning styles can dvelop or regress as your life changes (Carter, Bichop, Kravits, 2007). Gardner identified eight intelligences that shape learning and are linked to specific abilities. Carter, Bishop, & Kravits (2007) list Gardner’s theory of intelligences as:
- Verbal-Linguistic-The ability to communicate through language such as reading, writing, and speaking.
- Logical-Mathematical-The ability to understand logical reasoning and problem solving, examples are math, science, patterns, and sequences.
- Bodily-Kinesthetic-The ability to use the physical body skillfully and to take in knowledge through bodily sensation, for example coordination, and working with one’s hands.
- Visual-Spatial-The ability to understand spatial relationships and to perceive and create images. Examples are visual arts, graphic designs, charts, and maps.
- Interpersonal-The ability to relate to others, notice moods, motivations, and feelings of others. Examples are social activity, cooperative learning, and teamwork.
- Intrapersonal-The ability to understand one’s own behavior and feelings. This ability lends to self-awareness, independence, and time spent alone.
- Musical-Ability to comprehend and create meaningful, sound and recognize patterns such as music, sensitivity to sound and patterns.
- Naturalistic-The ability to understand features of the environment, to have an interest in nature environment balance, and the ecosystem.
(Carter, Bishop, Kravits, 2007)
When there is an understanding, acceptance, and tolerance of different learning styles and intelligences it can help how people relate to teachers and managers; have you ever found it difficult to sit through a lecture at school or work? If that is you that may mean you take in information better in other ways. Perhaps you should try taking a pencil and pad to these types meetings and draw doodles, mappings and patterns that relate to the content, use your unique learning style to help process the information.
Many schools are beginning to recognize the different learning styles and they are developing various programs and teaching approaches to combat learning anxieties and differences. Vida Learning Center specializes in different teaching approaches because we understand individuality in learning styles and intelligences, if you are interested in online tutoring services and want your child’s learning style assessed please contact us at today.