Individualization of instructional method does not contribute significantly to learning outcomes although it is known that students have differing learning styles LSs.
Our ability to give every child a chance to succeed in school depends upon a full understanding of culture and learning styles. After all, effective educational decisions and practices must emanate from an understanding of the ways that individuals learn.
Consequently, knowing each student, especially his or her culture, is essential preparation for facilitating, structuring, and validating successful learning for all students.
This imperative leads to three critical questions. Do students of the same culture have common learning style patterns and characteristics? If they do, how would we know it?
And most important, what are the implications for educators? These questions are both important and controversial. They are important because we need all the information we can get to help every learner succeed in school and because our understanding of the learning process is the basis for decisions about curriculum and instruction.
One reason that the linkage between culture and learning styles is controversial is that generalizations about a group of people have often led to naive inferences about individuals within that group. Although people connected by culture do exhibit a characteristic pattern of style preferences, it is a serious error to conclude that all members of the group have the same style traits as the group taken as a whole.
A second source of controversy is the understandable sensitivity surrounding attempts to explain the persistent achievement differences between minority and nonminority students—it is all too easy to confuse descriptions of differences with explanations for deficits.
Finally, the relationship between culture and learning styles is controversial because it brings us face to face with philosophical issues that involve deeply held beliefs. Debaters in the uniformity versus diversity dispute, for instance, differ over whether instructional equality is synonymous with educational equity.
Another debate concerns the ultimate purpose of schooling. A highly public example of how sensitive these issues are occurred in when the state of New York published a booklet to help decrease the student dropout rate.
A small section of the booklet described the learning styles typical of minority students and identified certain patterns associated with African-American students. These descriptions became the subject of intense scrutiny and animated debate.
Eventually, the descriptions were deleted from the booklet. How We Know That Culture and Ways of Learning Are Linked There is very little disagreement that a relationship does exist between the culture in which children live or from which they are descended and their preferred ways of learning.
This relationship, further, is directly related to academic, social, and emotional success in school. These conclusions are not as simple or definite as they seem, however.
Though many syntheses and surveys have discussed the interdynamics of different cultures and ways of learning, each comes from a very distinctive approach, focusing either on a specific learning style model or a particular cultural group.
No work, to my knowledge, claims to be comprehensive on the topic of culture and learning styles. In general, researchers have reported three kinds of information about culture and learning styles.
The first is the set of observation-based descriptions of cultural groups of learners. For the most part, people who are familiar with each group have written these descriptions to sensitize people outside the culture to the experiences of children inside the culture.
The reports conclude that Mexican Americans regard family and personal relationships as important and are comfortable with cognitive generalities and patterns Cox and RamirezVasquez Such traits explain why Mexican-American students often seek a personal relationship with a teacher and are more comfortable with broad concepts than component facts and specifics.
Research about the African-American culture shows that students often value oral experiences, physical activity, and loyalty in interpersonal relationships ShadeHilliard These traits call for classroom activities that include approaches like discussion, active projects, and collaborative work.Teaching Styles of Science Teachers in Florida 2 Abstract This study was an attempt to determine science teachers’ teaching styles and to examine the relationships between these styles and teachers’ demographic characteristics.
The Culture/Learning Style Connection. in the delivery of whatever pedagogical approach the teachers claim to master—not because students cannot learn from teachers whose styles do not match their own.
(October ) “The Influence of Perceptual Development on Cognitive Style: Cross Ethnic Comparisons.” Early Child Development. So, it’s a great idea for everyone to take the Learning Styles Quiz to find out how different learning styles affect your life.
Once you take the quiz, share it on to all your friends, your co-workers and and family members. Suddenly, different learning styles will create a whole new understanding of each other and can actually improve.
Every teacher has her or his own style of teaching. And as traditional teaching styles evolve with the advent of differentiated instruction, more and more teachers are adjusting their approach depending on their students’ learning needs. But there are a few fundamental teaching styles most. Apr 15, · Students awareness of learning styles and their perceptions to a mixed method approach for learning. externally regulated strategy in which the students let their learning process to be regulated by teachers/books or lack of regulation when students are unable to regulate their learning process by themselves and also . Every teacher has her or his own style of teaching. And as traditional teaching styles evolve with the advent of differentiated instruction, more and more teachers are adjusting their approach depending on their students’ learning needs. But there are a few fundamental teaching styles most.
Not so much. Many teachers have a teaching style - that derives from their own experience in school and/or their personality and world view. Education literature is rife with discussion of the need to alter your teaching to better meet the learning needs of students but the reality is - that's hard.
THE ROLE OF LEARNING STYLES IN THE TEACHING/LEARNING PROCESS Nancy Csapo, Central Michigan University, [email protected] toward our own learning preferences.
Third, teachers important understanding learning styles and the role of learning styles in the teaching/learning process is. INFLUENCE OF STUDENTS’ LEARNING STYLES ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF INSTRUCTIONAL INTERVENTIONS Thomas Lehmann* and Dirk Ifenthaler# *University of Freiburg #University of Oklahoma ABSTRACT This research contributes to answer the question whether learning/cognitive styles of students serve as a justified starting.