Styles of Learning and the Human Brain

Learning is at the core of humanity.  It is how we develop technologies, how we chart history, how we speak and communicate to each other, and how we have survived on this earth for millennia.  If humans did not have the capacity to learn, we would not live in the society that we have today.  I wouldn’t be writing this blog post.  You wouldn’t be able to read it from anywhere in the world.  So, learning is how we function and survive.  How can one harness this unique ability and teach others to learn more effectively?

Well, first we need to look at how people learn.  There are many different schools (no pun intended) of thought on this concept, but the most common one seen in education is styles of learning.  From decades of research, there are three major styles of teaching, and the best educators and trainers out there use all three in conjunction with another.  The three styles are visual learning, auditory learning, and kinesthetic learning. (Source: http://blc.uc.iupui.edu/AcademicEnrichment/StudySkills/LearningStyles/3LearningStyles.aspx)  We will go into more detail on each of these styles in the next few posts.

Personally, I find that kinesthetic learning works best for teaching in all venues, but there is no scientific evidence that a specific type of learning is fixed to an individual. (Source: http://www.edutopia.org/multiple-intelligences-learning-styles-quiz) Of course, all of this depends on the subject at hand, the audience that you are teaching, and the materials and tools that can be utilized in the given space.  In an effort to reach all members of your audience, we’ll use some specific examples of each style and how you can apply them

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