What Learning Style Does Your Child Have?
In 1988 Felder and Silverman stated that “the learning style is the cognitive, affective, and physiological traits that serve as indicators and relatively stabilize how students perceive interactions and respond to their learning environments.”
To do this, they propose a model of learning styles based on the following principles: The learner preferably uses a sensory modality (visual or auditory) to receive different data that may be sensitive or intuitive. This information will be manipulated, actively or passively, and organized in an inductive or deductive way. Finally, the students will process and understand in a global or sequential manner.
Based on the model of these authors, I am giving you five questions to help you reflect on the learning style of your little one:
1.- Which sensory modality do they use?
- Verbal Modality. They show a preference for written or listened learning, for example, they learn better when they are the ones explaining to their classmates.
- Visual Modality. They process information better visually, with diagrams, images, and movies.
2.- What type of information does your child perceive?
- External Information. They are sensitive, concrete, and practical people with an orientation towards facts.
- Internal Information. They are intuitive and innovative people who are oriented towards theory and the search for relationships and possibilities between them.
3.- How do they process the information?
- Active Processing. They remember better when they actively manipulate the information with other classmates.
- Reflexive Processing. They prefer to learn by thinking and working alone.
4.- How do they organize the information?
- Inductive Organization. They understand information better when they get away from the specifics (facts and observations) and infer the general principles from there.
- Deductive Organization. They prefer to start from general principles and deduct the consequences and applications.
5.- How do they progress through learning?
- Sequential Processing. They have logical learning, step by step, in which each part is related to the previous one.
- Global Processing. Their learning is in stride. They process the information as a whole, being able to solve complex problems but having difficulties in explaining how they were able to do it.
After this “mini-reflection”, I would recommend that you begin to put what you learned into practice, adapting to your child´s learning style and see the results that begin to surface.
Like H. Gardner said” We can ignore the differences and assume that all our minds are equal. Or we can take advantage of these differences.”