ERIC Number: ED266454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Suggestions for Identifying and Building on Learning Styles in Writing Classes.
Fabien, Miriam Gannon
Noting that a learning-styles approach to college instruction would ideally call for a separate course on learning taught by a learning styles specialist committed to building on students' strengths rather than concentrating on their weaknesses, this paper describes how these goals can be met in a basic composition course. The first half of the paper discusses a variety of ways teachers can help students become aware of their own learning styles, including learning style tests and inventories, discussions, questionnaires, and peer interviews. The second half of the paper explores ways to build on student strengths and help them acquire new learning strategies. This section focuses on the dimension of field dependence/independence, the most widely studied and best understood of the learning styles, and how the tendencies of these styles can be regarded as strengths in a composition class. Appendixes include student surveys and learning style questionnaires; further reviews of research into individual differences in learning styles, field dependence and independence, creativity, sensory-motor preference in learning, and learning styles in level-of-processing; and writing assignments focusing on learning style awareness, and alternate study skill suggestions for spelling, vocabulary, and answering essay questions. A nine-page bibliography concludes the document. (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Adapted from author's dissertation, "Using a Learning-Styles Approach to Teaching Composition," University of Michigan, 1984.