Learning styles represent the different approaches to learning based on preferences, weaknesses, and strengths. For learners to best achieve the desired educational outcome, learning styles must be considered when creating a plan. Complete “The VARK Questionnaire,” located on the VARK website, and then complete the following:
Click “OK” to receive your questionnaire scores.
Once you have determined your preferred learning style, review the corresponding link to view your learning preference.
Review the other learning styles: visual, aural, read/write, kinesthetic, and multimodal (listed on the VARK Questionnaire Results page).
Compare your current preferred learning strategies to the identified strategies for your preferred learning style.
Examine how awareness of learning styles has influenced your perceptions of teaching and learning.
Multimodal Strategies | VARK (vark-learn.com)
If you have multiple preferences you are in the majority as somewhere between fifty and seventy percent of any population seems to fit into that group.
Multiple preferences are interesting and quite varied. For example you may have two strong preferences V and A or R and K, or you may have three strong preferences such as VAR or ARK. Some people have no particular strong preferences and their scores are almost even for all four modes. For example one student had scores of V=9, A=9, R=9, and K=9. She said that she adapted to the mode being used or requested. If the teacher or supervisor preferred a written mode she switched into that mode for her responses and for her learning.
So multiple preferences give you choices of two or three or four modes to use for your interaction with others. Some people have admitted that if they want to be annoying they stay in a mode different from the person with whom they are working. For example they may ask for written evidence in an argument, knowing that the other person much prefers to refer only to oral information. Or they may ask for “concrete’ examples knowing that the other person has a low preference for kinesthetic input and output. These are what some people do when they feel negative. Positive reactions mean that those with multimodal preferences choose to match or align their mode to the significant others around them.
The 13 Multimodal preferences are made from the various combinations of the four preferences below. You will need to view more than one of those lists. For example, if your VARK Profile is the bimodal combination of Visual and Kinesthetic (VK), you will need to use those two lists of strategies below. If your VARK Profile is the trimodal combination of Aural, Read/write and Kinesthetic (ARK) you will need to use those three lists of strategies below.
Some people with multimodal preferences have told us find it necessary for them to use more than one strategy for learning and communicating. They feel insecure with only one. Others are able to “get it” using just one of their preferred modalities.
In a paper (750-1,000 words), summarize your analysis of this exercise and discuss the overall value of learning styles. Include the following:
Provide a summary of your learning style according the VARK questionnaire. (multimodal)
Describe your preferred learning strategies. Compare your current preferred learning strategies to the identified strategies for your preferred learning style. ( The styles are the same)
Describe how individual learning styles affect the degree to which a learner can understand or perform educational activities. Discuss the importance of an educator identifying individual learning styles and preferences when working with learners.
Discuss why understanding the learning styles of individuals participating in health promotion is important to achieving the desired outcome. How do learning styles ultimately affect the possibility for a behavioral change? How would different learning styles be accommodated in health promotion?
Cite to at least three peer-reviewed or scholarly sources to complete this assignment. Sources should be published within the last 5 years and appropriate for the assignment criteria.
Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.
This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
“The VARK Questionnaire,” located on the VARK website.
Visual Strategies | VARK (vark-learn.com)
“Patient-Education Tips for New Nurses,” by Smith and Zsohar, from Nursing 2013 (2013).
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