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From: Huffington Post

Learning-Styles Theory Questioned By Researchers

Huffington Post:

For years, the conventional wisdom has been that everyone has a different dominant way of learning. Some are visual learners who prefer studying pictures or graphics. Some say they are auditory learners, absorbing information best through lectures and conversation. Others consider themselves kinesthetic learners who benefit from hands-on activities.

A robust industry has formed, marketing materials to educators for dozens of learning-style models. There are tools based on a learner’s personality type. Others are based on how analytical or creative individuals are. Some even delve into the optimal lighting and seating for workspaces. Teachers can buy various assessment tools for students or attend training sessions or conferences to learn how to best tailor their instruction.

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I am a teacher who doesn’t believe in the categories of teaching styles and learning styles. In my opinion, a good teacher is a teacher who ‘understands’ the students’ language and the level of understanding , and not just understand the material that will be communicated. Therefore, a good teacher must begin by testing the students’ ability on the mathematical communication to gather information of students’ language and their understanding level. After knowing these two things, the teacher must find the right way to understand the material using language that can be understood by most students in the classroom. Of course, visualization of theory through drawings and diagrams and the practice of direct application of theory by using the real data will greatly help students to understand the material students are learning. In that way, I always receive awards as the most aspirational teacher based on students’ awards.
I hope this information is helpful. Thanks.

Budi Hari Priyanto
Lecturer of Statistics and Mathematics
Mathematics Education Program, Faculty of Teacher Sciences and Education, Singaperbangsa State University Karawang, West Java, Indonesia.

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