Learning Styles

Individual Learning Styles

In this paper we are going to look at the various learning styles that the many of our people (especially children) process but are very rarely recognised.

As we can see the many statistics in Education, Social Ineptness, unemployment, crime, and many other anti-social areas that is were to be investigated would be found that there would be many cases that through their educational history, we would find that they have all had a different learning style. Due to the no-teaching within the Teachers Training Colleges in New Zealand the various learning styles are not included within they’re our Teaching Education.

Learner Types

Visual Learners

Are ‘readers’ and ‘observers’. They take in information through the eyes. They learn by observing or reading. They are good at visualising (seeing pictures in their minds) of people, places, pictures and even words, are usually able to give detailed reports of what they have seen. Visual learners learn to read by remembering the shapes of words and sequences of letters – not by ‘sounding out’ the words. Also, they would much prefer to read something than listen to a lecture about it. These are the people who like to go places and see things, usually good at using maps and graphs. They never travel anywhere without something to read and when planning a trip usually do a lot of research beforehand.

Auditory Learners

Are ‘listeners’ and or ‘talkers’ they take in information through the ears, i.e. are good at remembering things they hear. They often talk a lot and ask at lot of questions; often finding it necessary to restate the information in order to process what they have heard. Quite often when reading, they find they understand the information better if they read it aloud. They would much prefer listening to a lecture than reading. Auditory learners are usually great socialisers and often spend a lot of time on the phone; they never meet a stranger; they talk to people wherever they go. Auditory learners like listening to music, have difficulty studying if it’s too quiet – they like noise around them. When asked a question, they often repeat or restate what you said before answering; and just give the directions, they don’t use maps!.

Tactile Learners

Are ‘feelers’ and ‘touchers’. They take in information through the sense of touch, by feeling texture and shapes; often takes lots of notes or designs/doodles while listening to lectures or when thinking/reflecting. (And often they’ll never look at notes again, but in order to remember the information they must write to down – it’s their way of reorganising the information.) Tactile learners are in touch with themselves and their feelings. When talking to someone they often touch the person on the arm or shoulder and stand very close, or stand with their hands in their packets or will handle something; Sometimes, instead of taking notes the tactile learners will sit with arms or legs crossed but then when an important point is made they will stroke their sleeve/arms, touch their face or hair etc.

Kinaesthic Learners

Are ‘Doers’. They take in information kinetically – through the muscles. The kinaesthetic learner needs to move in order to learn; are often called ‘active learners’. They learn best when they can combine use of their muscles with reading or talking. They ‘talk with their hands’; often walk around or just move side to side while talking. Kinetic learners do best in jobs where they can move around a lot; cannot ‘stay put’ for long periods of time; are good at doing things with their hands such as building things or doing mechanical work and are usually good at sports. When sitting too long they begin to fidget and wiggle; they need breaks so they can move around. They much prefer the playground and game field in indoor activities.  

These are an outline of the few learning styles that have been identified with those who have the neurological differences – but are also within those who are within the ‘ so called’ “average academic” as well.

In the early education of children is has been found that up to 75% are Visual/Tactile or Visual/Kinaesthic Learners. This throws out the theory that all children learn the same way. Our education curriculum is generally set out for the Auditory/Visual learner and the others are generally not recognised.

Hence the over-population of young people that have little or know self-esteem and confidence due to the lost education that is essential for life.