Index of Learning Styles & Learning Style Inventory
I as a visual learner has studied about the learning styles in context with two topics that are Index of Learning Styles & Learning Style Inventory. I have used the Penn State study that was subjected to a study conducted to gauge the reliability and validity of the Felder-Soloman Index of Learning Styles (ILS). The data were of students that was collected from three different colleges and that of engineering, liberal arts and education to broaden the scope of this study that was being conducted (Solomon & Felder, 1999).
While studying this paper, I analyze that over 500 students participated in this online administered test, the results of that was put through a psychometric analysis in essence testing. Also, as a visual learner, I analyze that the reliability and validity have taken place through monitoring trends that were based on the field of study and gender (Solomon & Felder, 1999).
As a learner, I examine that the Felder-Solomon Index of Learning Styles (ILS) is designed to analyze the data collected through its core assessment. This core assessment was used with a system devised by Felder and Soloman. I also realize that the system design is very effective for visual learner, after I elaborated it:
Sensing (A more concrete approach through hard facts) or Intuitive (based on a whim or a hunch, basically following a gut feeling)
Visual (a visual approach, seeking, presentations, training videos to digest knowledge) – Verbal (understanding is based on learning through verbal interactions or written papers or researches)
Active (testing everything via trial and error, thriving in/ with teams)
Reflective (A lot of planning and thought process is involved here with very trusted individuals)
Sequential (a more linear approach where certain steps are followed to achieve a goal)
Global (a more complete thought process is involved in learning, a well thought out approach to planning)
A classical item analysis shows that reliability can significantly improve if the weakest item on each scale is removed and the Sequential
Global scale being of the greatest benefit, going from 0.56 to 0.60. As the data set used compared student from engineering with those of students from Education and the Liberal Arts. I realize that the process has revealed that the engineering students are more sequential and more sensing than the liberal arts students. Also, I analyze that the education students also being more visual than the liberal arts students.
Further, I come to know about the gender differences in the learning styles that has revealed about the female students who were more sequential, more sensing as compare to the males. As males, tended to be more verbal. Though as a learner, an in-world study is the same and its implications is yet to be accumulated (Solomon & Felder, 1999).
As a learner, I want to gain a good understanding. For example, how I can find an accurate way to evaluate the method of learning or process information. After I study the learning style inventory that has elaborated above I can start understanding the learning process more conveniently. Also, I will be able to increase the learning potential in me. I as a visual learner, also, agree to the point of view that Bixler portrays in his learning style inventory (Bixler, 2010).
As, being a visual learner, I find such learning style easy to learn. Also, I can access and gain new information and strategies for study using Bixler learning style inventory. It is easy for me to jot down things that I want to remember. As this way I will be able to easily remember important things for a long time. As a visual learner, I can also focus more easily by looking at the person to whom I am speaking too. The learning style inventory guide that I as a learner must work in a quiet place. Also, if possible I should wear ear plugs, so I can easily concentrate on the information. The best way for me as a visual learner is to have soft background music that will motivate me to learn positively (Bixler, 2010).
Solomon, B. A. & Felder, R. M. (1999). Index of learning styles. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina State University. Available Online.
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