ERIC Number: ED366016
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Using the 4MAT System Learning Styles Model To Teach Persuasive Speaking in the Basic Speech Course.
Dwyer, Karen Kanga
The 4MAT system (an eight-step cycle of instruction that combines four learning style types and students' preferences for right-brain or left-brain modes of learning) can guide instructors in planning teaching strategies to meet students' diverse learning needs. Each of the eight steps of the system emphasizes one of the learning types and alternatives from right- to left-mode information processing. The eight steps are: (1) create an experience or connect to past experiences; (2) analyze the experience; (3) integrate reflections into concepts; (4) define concepts; (5) try out concepts; (6) extend learning; (7) have students evaluate their own applications; and (8) integrate application and experience. After a communication instructor used the system to develop teaching strategies for numerous units of study, she noted an increase in student interest and better overall student performance. One such unit teaches students how to prepare effective call-to-action persuasive speeches and consists of four "quadrants" that: connect new concepts/processes with personal meaning to create a reason for learning; correlate learners' previous experience with concept formulation; provide students with an opportunity to practice and personalize the new concepts; and allow students to take action, teach themselves, and share what they have learned with others. (Four figure representing various aspects of the 4MAT system are included. (Contains 13 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: 4MAT System
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Meeting of the Southern States Communication Association and the Central States Communication Association (Lexington, KY, April 14-18, 1993).