Learningstyles are sequence of theories, which imply logical differences inthe acquirement of new information by persons in learningenvironments (Sheve & Nieter, 2010). It has been evidenced thatlearning differs from one individual to the next (LeFever, 2011). Theconcept of personal learning styles has influenced education is agreat way. Some people advocate the use of learning styles inteaching. They argue that instructors should evaluate their student’slearning styles and then adjust their teaching techniques in order tofit the learning style of every learner (LeFever, 2011). On the otherhand, opponents disagree with this arguing that no proof exist whichshow a positive relationship between learning styles and enhancedacademic results (Sheve & Nieter, 2010). It is important to knowone’s style of learning as it can assist in making appropriatechoices regarding the acquirement of new knowledge. Various learningstyles have been put forth. The paper investigates four differentlearning styles and how they relate to education.
TheVerbal Learning Style
Thisstyle entails both spoken and written information. Verbal learnersare able to express themselves more easily, both in speaking and inwriting (König, 2007). They have a passion to read and write and tryto investigate the meaning of different words. They also practicelimericks, rhymes, as well as tongue twisters. While speaking toother people, verbal learners employ phrases as well as recentlylearned words. Verbal learning style is of great significant ineducation as verbal learners are able to improve on spoken language,as well as writing skills.
Auditorylearners acquire new knowledge through listening (LeFever, 2011). Acommon study technique among these learners is to recite informationloudly characterized by some music in the surroundings. Auditorylearning is characterized by music and sound. Learners using thisstyle are able to play different musical instruments and sing. Theyalso understand the sound of various instruments. They quicklyrecognize songs playing in various media and they tap or hum a jinglein their heads. Understanding this kind of learning style would besignificant in education. Certainly, learners in this category havegood listening skills. Instructors can incorporate music in classroomsettings or relay information through audio means as this would beadvantageous.
Visuallearners acquire knowledge by reading, watching or glancing atgraphics (Sheve & Nieter, 2010). They find it simple to look atgraphs, images, maps, pictures and charts to systematize information.However, they find it hard to simultaneously focus and listen toexplanations offered by an instructor. Visual learning style ischaracterized by easy visualization of objects and superior spatialsense (König, 2007). This is essential as it offers a better senseof a person’s direction. Understanding this kind of learning styleis paramount. Instructors can be able to use charts, images, andgraphs among other visual objects in teaching.
Kinestheticlearners obtain new information by performing activities such aswriting things and exercising (König, 2007). They find it hard tostudy whilst just sitting down. They learn through their body andthey also take part in such activities as physical exercises andsports. While exercising, they think about problems and new ideas.During communication, kinesthetic learners use body languages such ashand gestures.
Understandinga student’s learning style is paramount as it adds value in bothteaching and learning. It makes learning to be easy and also helpsthe instructors to adjust their teaching techniques to fit thelearning style of every learner. The learning styles investigated inthis paper are kinesthetic, visual, verbal, and auditory.
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