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ERIC Number: ED378387
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
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Learning Styles and Lessons from the Medicine Wheel: A Native American Philosophy, a Proposed Integrated Model.
Murk, Peter J.; And Others
The Medicine Wheel is a Native American legend in which a circle contains countless points each of which represents a different, yet valid, perspective on the nature of reality. According to the Medicine Wheel legend, the north offers the gift of wisdom, the east offers illumination, the south offers innocence, and the west offers introspection. In the Medicine Wheel legend, the various learning styles and types of intelligence are valued equally. The Medicine Wheel metaphor suggests several possibilities for linking individual learning styles, modifying teaching and training practices, and creating different ways of interpreting adult learning. The Kolb Learning Style Inventory (KLSI) also represents the basic types of learners (converger, accommodator, diverger, assimilator) and learning styles (abstract conceptualization, active experimentation, concrete experience, and reflective observation) in four-pole schemes. A good case can be made for integrating the KLSI and the four major metaphorical perspectives of the Medicine Wheel into a model that adult educators and other practitioners can use to acknowledge the equal validity of different learning styles and devise strategies to integrate them. (Contains 55 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Learning Style Inventory