There has been several studies done, however, there is not any concrete evidence of learning styles. Even without evidence there are some theories, some believe in them and some do not. After reading the article assigned and looking at the different quizzes, I have discovered there are more learning styles than just a visual and hands on learner. Some believe that the learning styles or modes of learning have changed a few times in more than 50 years (Pritchard, 2005). Some of the different modes include visual, verbal, kinesthetic, sequential, and tactical just to name a few. It depends on the article in which you read where you will discover some of the different methods and the meaning behind them.
There are various reasons as to why I am seeking for a college degree. The first is to acquire knowledge. I strongly believe that knowledge is power and acquiring a college degree will empower me with the necessary skills not only in my area of profession but also in all dimensions of life. Second is to open my opportunity doors. A college degree open one’s hidden potential that is critical in identifying and occupying the new and existing opportunities in the job market (Pritchard, 2005). Finally, being an agent of change has always been my inspiration and objective in life. Getting a degree will help me realize this objective. This is because I believe that being able to help others requires qualification in education. Though it may not be always a must, it will only prove to be very essential in my attempt to influence and impact change.
In my own opinion I feel that I have been more of a visual and verbal (auditory) learner. During my days in school, I was one to always take notes during a lecture including diagrams or charts as well as doing things in a step by step process. Doing things in order helped me to learn better and remember what I was doing and how to accomplish the task at hand. Over time as I reached my adult age I have discovered when learning new material I still take notes and pay attention to detail however, when it is something that I am familiar with I will just go forward with a quick verbal refresher. I do believe that as people mature their learning modes do change depending on the situation presented before them.
Yes I agree with the results from the inventories. This is because the results are a true reflection of my actual learning behaviors. Furthermore, I do believe that a learning style is greatly influenced by the directions given by a parent during early child development. Some parents sit and do actual hands-on with step by step directions and some read and direct with quick instructions. Children will start developing their learning styles at home and it could very well change as they enter school and have continuous instruction on a task with steady pacing (Reid, 2005).
In conclusion, I have learned a lot from the test and quizzes in these inventories. Now I understand that everybody has a potential to learn something new. It is only that to get the best of such potentials, one must make sure that they tap them using the relevant style. I will utilize my strengths that I have discovered from these inventories during my learning in the degree course. I strongly believe that I will be practicing an effective learning through incorporating all my strengths.
Pritchard, A. (2005). Ways of learning: Learning theories and learning styles in the classroom. London: David Fulton.
Reid, G. (2005). Learning styles and inclusion. London: Paul Chapman Pub.