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ERIC Number: ED331632
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Learning Style Needs of At-Risk Students: Teaching Math and Social Studies the Way They Learn.
Midkiff, Ruby Bostick; And Others
Extensive data verify the existence of individual differences among youngsters: differences so extreme that identical methods, resources, or grouping procedures can prevent or block learning for most of them. While research shows that most students cannot learn effectively by just listening and imitating, most teachers continue to teach as they were taught, not as they were taught to teach. Many educational authorities agree that accommodating students' learning styles can produce an increase in achievement and attitude test scores, student morale, self-confidence, and self-esteem. Reductions in the number of discipline referrals and in the amount of tension in schools have also been associated with teaching according to students' learning styles. Instruction in mathematics and social studies content and skills is easily organized according to students' learning styles and needs and is easily adapted to problem-solving strategies. This document discusses the need for improvement in math and social studies instruction, characteristics and needs of academically at-risk students, the process of implementing a learning styles model, and emotional, sociological, physical, and psychological stimuli. Learning activities that could be incorporated into an elementary social studies unit are described. Contains 31 references. (RH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A