Teacher / learner learning styles
If every teacher who participates in staff development – or life itself – can be considered a learner, then the following must also apply to teachers:
Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences (1998):
In my own “theory of multiple intelligences,” I argue that human beings have evolved to be able to carry out at least seven separate forms of analysis:
- Linguistic intelligence (as in a poet);
- Logical-mathematical intelligence (as in a scientist);
- Musical intelligence (as in a composer);
- Spatial intelligence (as in a sculptor or airplane pilot);
- Bodily kinesthetic intelligence (as in an athlete or dancer);
- Interpersonal intelligence (as in a salesman or teacher);
- Intrapersonal intelligence (exhibited by individuals with accurate views of themselves).
Adult learning styles (Anonymous, 1996):
- adults are autonomous and self-directed
- adults are goal oriented
- adults are relevancy oriented (problem centered)–they need to know why they are learning something
- adults are practical and problem-solvers
- adults have accumulated life experiences
Kolb’s learning styles:
- concrete experience: being involved in a new experience
- reflective observation: watching others or developing observations about own experience
- abstract conceptualization: creating theories to explain observations
- active experimentation: using theories to solve problems, make decisions
Willis and Kindle Hodson – Learning Style Disposition:
Anonymous. (1996). Adult Learning Styles. Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Western Ontario. Available: http://www.cyg.net/~jblackmo/diglib/styl-c.html#Adult Learning Styles
Gardner, H. (1998). Intelligence in seven steps. In Dickinson, D. (ed.) Creating the Future: Perspectives on Educational Change. New Horizons for Learning. Available: http://www.newhorizons.org/crfut_gardner.html [6/2/01].
Kolb, David A. (1976). Learning Styles Inventory. McBer and Company.
Schroeder, Charles C. (1993). New Students – New Learning Styles. Available:
Willis, M., and Kindle Hodson, V. (1999). Discover your child’s learning style. Prima Publishing.