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Learning Styles

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     This week we did a learning style assessment based on the Silver Strong Survey.   The last time, I was assessed in this manner was a Myers-Briggs assessment over a decade and two children ago.    At that time I was an ESTP – skewed almost completely to ST.   The Silver Strong Survey doesn’t deal in the first and last letters of the Myers-Briggs scale but my result for this assessment was a fairly strong skew to NT.   Have I changed?   Do I really learn differently?  

     I do think that one of the most important things that a teacher can do is to provide a variety of ways for students to access the material.  One of the readings for this week by Gallard (1992) discusses the importance of embedding context in the classroom as a way of addressing diversity including cultural differences.  He never used the word inquiry or hands-on science but that is certainly one implication.   Science appears to be universal in that observations and tools are common across cultures and languages; learning, however, is incorporating new information into existing knowledge, which is culture based.  

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