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Each individual in this earth are bought up through various experience and different backgrounds. Factors such like these influence their learning styles. Also their capacity of concentrating and understanding things has an impact on their learning style. Cassidy and Eachis (2000) came through that learning styles can also adapt to changes in the environment.
But according to Hergenhahn (1982, p.3) Kimble says that, '' learning is a thing that could be improved through reinforced practice''.
According to my knowledge, I think that a proper learning leads to enhance our knowledge in a particular field and helps to choose a right career for the future.
Nowadays making students satisfied through traditional curricula and learning environment are seemed challenging. Students are being and motivated to be non traditional in their lives because of various aspects. This could be mostly seen in medical science education and in the business environment. The people nowadays are fond to apply their learning outcomes and their theories in practical situations, such as, while working in an organisation or analysing a certain organisation with their theories and studies which they learnt and then experience it. This seems to be a modern approach of learning rather than just be a book worm, because these types of learning leads us to experience our self about the reliability and worthiness of certain studies and theories.
In the medical field, students are finding a diminutive opportunity to acquire a sense of connectedness between clinical experiences. (Fang, 2002). Following up the traditional teaching methods such as lecturing, a fundamentally passive learning method (Felder and Brent, 2005), is relatively less of a valid option now. Moreover, in order to fulfil the expectations of students, the contemporary curricula need to discover some other methods in order to effectively deliver the curricular goals.
Generally the adults have an consciousness of their learning styles and frequently seek to collaborate with their instructors (Endorf and McNeff, 1991). Also by concerning on the mutual benefits, educator's understanding the students learning styles can develop their choice of instructional deliverance in environments(Fang, 2002) and also encourages to learning (Suskie, 2003). Amusingly, Cassidy and Eachis (2000) came through that learning styles can also adapt to changes in the environment.
So in order to evaluate myself and choose an appropriate career for my life, I undergone some personality tests and learning tests. They are Vark, Mybriggers and Belbin. I'll be explaining the results for these tests and how these results were in line with my learning.
Each students differ in their learning preferences, they take in and process information in a range of customs; by seeing and hearing, reflecting and acting, reasoning, analyzing and visualizing ([Mills, 2002] and [Felder and Brent, 2005]). Students learning styles are further more described as auditory (learning by hearing), and visual (learning by seeing) kinesthetic, ([Mills, 2002] and [Fleming, 2004]).
In 1998, the vark survey tool was formed in order to measure learning style preferences to inform the dialogue among students and educators. It is founded upon cognitive development work by (Bruner, 1967) and (Piaget, 1990) who argued that individuals absorb environmental knowledge in the course of four sensory modalities: auditory (converse instructional material, listening), kinesthetic (using tactile sensory capabilities ,for instance as touch and smell), visual (diagrams ,visualizing pictures or symbols) and visual/iconic (writing and reading).
The VARK model by Fleming (1995) establishes an individual's preference for
learning and discover the person's orientation to learning in terms of visual, aural,
read/write, kinesthetic or multi-modal orientation.
Relatively than being an analytical tool for determining a student's learning preference, the VARK test serve up as a catalyst for reflection by the student [Bonwell]. This is a tool which is relatively rapid and facilitates students to exercise, understand and analyse. Also it develops awareness in learning styles and creates motivation to concern in the learning performance.
As per my vark results, I am falling under the multimodal learning preferences and gave me results of Visual 11, Aural 15, Read/Write 8, Kinesthetic 9, which provide options of various modes while dealing with others. I personally agree with this result for a extend, mainly in the areas of Aural and Visual, because I usually prefer to more on listening about a subject matter and then go on negotiating and talking with various people to get sure that I learnt are correct and certain. Then in order to make the life easier and to remember things I go on visualizing which I learnt in various models using diagrams and charts.
While considering on my past, from school days onward up to my under gradual level I use this type of techniques while I do my exams. Because remembering certain things which had been gathered through attending lectures and reading books, then applying it on the papers while in exams consist a long process in remembering things and leads me for a slight complexity while applying my knowledge in the papers. So in order to utilize the time which was given in the exams and to be sure that I covered the requirements of the question paper, I prefer to make things which I learnt in a simple way of diagrams which facilitates me to remember things well, come out through good points rapidly and structure the answer paper in a relevant manner.
On the other hand I strongly believe experiencing things in practical current situations leads individuals to get to know, how applicable their learning outcomes are been reliable to their working environment. Also it forms to get to know the real impacts such as advantages, problems of our learning's and makes us to develop our personal skills.
In order to explain about my kinaesthetic, I am coming up with my past experience, while I was working as accounts assistance in the EDGE plc Company in Srilanka. My role of duty was to manage accounts such as Cash books, Petty cash and Income statement. But the format which I studied in my school about income statement and petty cash were quite different from the work environment. And there were been providing a minimal support in the IT field in my School which seemed to be a constrain to me when getting adapted to the computer systems in my working place.
I came out through this point of experience in my life to figure out that I concern on the kinaesthetic issues and I agree with the results of the kinaesthetic according to the VARK test.
Though I fall in the category of multimodal learner, I think multimodal learning approach leads to come out through various options and ideas regarding any particular areas which we are focused in, rather than being a unimodal learner.
Within the literacy education multiliteracies, and multimodal literacy's are gaining huge ground of credibility in the field of new literacy Studies. (Alvermann, 2002; Cope & Kalantzis, 2000; Hull &Schultz, 2002; Gee, 2003; Knobel & Lankshear, 2003; Kress, 2003; Marsh, 2003; Pahl & Rowsell,2005, 2006; Schwartz & Rubinstein-Ávila, 2006). This can be an example of a multimodal way in concerning reading and writing.
Further according to the research conducted by Metiri group which was commissioned by Cisco, came through some results across multiple studies, separating effects related to basic and higher-order skills. They are as follows;
According to the research, while considering on non-interactive, The multimodal learning students (contain using text through audios, text with visuals, listening and watching to lectures or animations that efficiently use visuals, etc) average performance on fundamental skills increased by 21 percentage. While in contrast to traditional, the single model learning peoples results were not relatively high. When circumstance move from non-interactive to interactive, multimedia learning (such as modelling, commitment in simulations, and actual-world experiences - generally in groups or collaborative teams) the results has an average gains at 9 percentiles.
On the other side while seeking on the impacts of the multimodal system, In today's world time has been seen as a limiting factor, people are lured by the technology to do more than one thing at a time (such as driving and talking on the phone, reading e-mails while participating in audio conferences, etc.). So the people who are within the multimodal system, entitled to concern on multitasks may face losses in efficiencies. According to the new scientific studies, they make known that the losses in efficiencies arise due to multitasking. (Rubinstein, 2008). Also the researchers found out that while switching from one task to another frequently, leads to a delay in the thinking process of the individuals. When the complexity of task increases the delays become so pronounced. (Rubinstein, 2008). These may be seen as problematic issues while the multimodal personalities go on with multitasks.