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1 learning styles & how to use them Ramesh Mehay Programme Director (Bradford VTS) 2008

2 Aim To introduce the participants to the concept and the use of learning styles and linking it to the e-portfolio

3 Objectives At the end of the sessions the participants will have: been introduced to the Honey & Mumford Learning Styles seen the variety of styles amongst their fellow colleagues Related their learning styles to themselves and their own lives Some awareness of the implications for the e-portfolio

4 Perceptions What do you see?

5 On to Honey & Mumford…

6 Honey & Mumford Learning Style Learners 4 axes: Honey & Mumford ActivistsReflectorsTheoristsPragmatists

7 Activists Involve themselves fully & without bias in new experiences Open minded & Not sceptical, enthusiastic about anything new Days are filled with activity When one activity is dying down, theyre on the look-out for another

8 Activists But: Act first & consider the consequences after Centre all the activities around themselves! Thrive on challenge, but bored with implementation and long term consolidation

9 Reflectors stand back and ponder about experiences enjoy observing other people, adopt a low profile act on the past, the present and the opinion of others = a more rounded reflection

10 Reflectors But: thorough collection and analysis of data can delay reaching a definite conclusion

11 Theorists observe and make theories analyse and synthesise go back to basic assumptions, principles, theories, models and systems

12 Theorists But: perfectionists tend to be detached Analytical feel uncomfortable with subjective judgments, lateral thinking and anything flippant

13 Pragmatists keen on trying out ideas, theories & techniques to see if they work return from management courses brimming with new ideas that they want to try out essentially practical down to earth people & get on with things like making practical decisions and problem solving

14 Pragmatists But: impatient with ruminating and open-ended discussions

15 The graphs



18 Reflector - Theorist Commonest variant style ANALYSIS TO PARALYSIS


20 Activist - Pragmatist 2nd commonest variant style but they do things too quickly!!!


22 Activist - Theorist Not a common style jump to conclusions


24 Activist - Reflector uncommon But depending on the proportions, have the ability to reflect before they act = a good thing

25 How does all of this tie in with the e-portfolio?

26 Activists - Pros Enthusiastic about anything new You need to capture this in your e-portfolio Love projects and new experiences Why did you engage in an activity? etc Act first, consider consequences later Capture the consequences and reflect. What have you learned?

27 Activists - Cons Days are filled with activity/Bored with long term consolidation Will you have time for the e-portfolio? (schedule it in because when one activity is dying down, youll already be onto another) Will you get bored with the activity by the time it needs logging on? May end up with lots of incomplete PDPs (long term consolidation) Might end up overwhelming the e-portfolio (with all the activities) Be selective – what is useful & what shows curriculum coverage?

28 Reflectors - Pros Very good observers Capture what youve seen, heard or feel Capture an all rounded view Act on the past, the present and opinions Good at exploring feelings As well as the mechanics of an issue

29 Reflectors - cons Can postpone reaching a definite conclusion And may end up adding entries too late Capture the views of everyone and everything around them Beware, e-portfolio entries need to be concise

30 Theorists - Pros The e-portfolio might complement their learning style Because it helps provide a structure for their learning eg what did you learn from the event, what will you do differently, how will you do this, by what time? Often add entries in a logical way Starting from first principles and basic assumptions. Therefore, the flow might be good.

31 Theorists - cons Theorists are perfectionists and the e-portfolio isnt E-portfolio may not accommodate all real life situations Where do you put what? Tend to be detached and analytical You need to show your humanistic side Subjectivity and ambiguity are just as important as objectivity and for that, you need to get comfortable with lateral thinking +ruminating/open ended discussions

32 Pragmatists - pros Return from courses brimming with pragmatic ideas Capture them in the e-portfolio, may help you keep a log of them so you dont forget Practical people Placing learning events in context See problems and opportunities as challenges And the ARCP panels like that attitude

33 Pragmatists - cons Practical down to Earth people May ignore the e-portfolio as they might not see how it can help them with their day to day work Concentrate on the mechanics rather than people and feelings Be careful, you need to capture both – a balance Impatient with ruminating and open ended discussions And sometimes you need that to help things progress

34 If you were the norm: The ideal for the e-portfolio IS the NORM: all rounded no extremes to stop them from using the e-portfolio in a skewed way

35 …and something about how we run our scheme How else can you use learning styles to your advantage?

36 Putting it all together When learning, use learning styles to: Complement your preference style Use methods to boost weaker areas We use them to: Design courses to appeal to a set of different learning styles Learning styles can be used to achieve a balance of skill mix within a team/group

37 Methods of Instruction the lecture the modified lecture the demonstration Practical sessions Readings group discussion conferences seminars workshops, clinics the fishbowl role-play simulation games videos/films brainstorming programmed instruction field trips question and answer

38 Things we do on our scheme:

39 Multi-modality learning We remember: 10% of what we read 20% of what we hear 30% of what we see 50% of what we see and hear 80% of what we say 90% of what we say, hear and do (Rigg)

40 So dont dismiss the exercises

41 Close HDR exercises, tasks and games are carefully designed to: explore new avenues, so dont just dismiss them dont mock them until youve tried them So :

42 Close Go out there and PLAY!

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