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An Introduction to Learning Styles and Methods

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Nicola Johnson An Introduction to Learning Styles and Methods Introduction Throughout the ages learning has always been important. From newborn to elderly learning forms an integral part of everyday life. Learning techniques have changed over the years, early man relied heavily on visual stimulation to learn and this is still the basis of learning today in early childhood. Learning is knowledge acquired through study and visual stimulation. Good teaching, role models and determination are all factors, which influence learning. Models of learning Teachers in the past thought everyone ought to learn the same way. In the Victorian era it was very stern, one sided and involved a lot of humiliation, as poorer pupils where treated as second-class citizens. There was a lot of caning, shouting and being made to stand in a corner to name a few. This went on for years and many of them went to work as servants for the rich. Many thought this was their way of life forever. Today most of this has changed, we (the students/pupils) still sit in a classroom and learn from the teacher, but the teacher can also learn from us, as we all have different experiences of life however long or short. This is all thanks to a new way of learning from psychologist who have become renowned for their work and ideas of what motivated people to learn. ...read more.

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Stage two is the pre-operations stage. In this stage they can use words and communicate with others but they don't understand what they are saying. They are egocentric and cannot see another person's perspective or point of view. They will speak to other children when they play, but they don't listen or watch for their reactions. The third stage is the concrete operations stage. Children can solve logical puzzles and they have the ability to think things through. They have practical thinking, but they still might not be able to explain their ideas using language. The final stage is the formal operations stage. At this stage they are analytical and have original thought. They are able to reason and work things out. Piaget believed that cognitive development was due to a combination of environmental and genetic influences. Experts in genetics generally agree that this is true, that while people may be born with differences, the environment can and does have a major effect. Anyone can develop if they have the opportunity. Moonie Neil (2000) Advanced Health and Social Care. Heinemann, Oxford, England Motivation My reason for coming to college is to train to be a nurse. Ever since school I have wanted to do this, in my 4th year of high school I picked Human Biology as one of my subjects, which I thoroughly enjoyed and found very interesting, I couldn't wait for Monday's and Wednesday's as it was the only subject that got my attention. ...read more.

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I thought I was an Activist and after doing the questionnaire I was and it was rated a very strong preference, with Pragmatist being a high moderate, Reflector being a low moderate and a Theorist being a low preference. Honey and Mumford recommend that you work on your weakest style first then move on to the others to develop a balance in your learning style. So part of my action plan for the year is to practice using 'What' 'Why' 'When' and 'How' questions to get to the heart of a problem. Not to accept what people say at face value? http://www.ex.ac.uk/jobsurfing/learning-from-experience/unit1-6.htm Personal Learning Targets I have found psychology very interesting in this access course. I have learned that like me, everyone else in this class is striving for their self-actualisation, and for me to reach achieve my goal, of reaching my full potential will take a lot of determination and hard work. Also I will need motivation from my family and friends, and if all of us in this group motivate each other, there is no reason why we shouldn't reach the top of Maslow's pyramid. Conclusion All of the learning styles we have looked at have a similar basis. We learn from experience, developing each step will enforce the next and that it is a lifelong experience. But we can all find a learning style that suits us best and which helps us to learn to the best of our ability. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 1 ...read more.

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The writer has covered most learning styles and methods although some in more detail than others. The learning styles are a reflection of the different approaches to learning and although the writer has covered this, the differences could have been discussed more. Also discussions about the writer's own life should be deleted unless the essay has requested this. By doing this the essay score would improve. Also, referencing must include the author and date to show that research has been carried out. However, the writer has used their own words throughout and it is clear that this essay is the writer's own work.

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