ERIC Number: ED404018
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Instruction that Addresses the Needs of the Individual Learner While Simultaneously Honoring and Teaching to the Diversity of All Learning Styles.
Students have diverse learning styles, and the challenge to educators is in designing a balanced curriculum across all styles, teaching essential content through a rich repertoire of instructional strategies. This short guide presents information essential to individualized teaching for diverse learning styles. The guide begins with an explanation of learning styles and profiles, including the four basic styles: (1) sensing-thinking; (2) sensing-feeling; (3) intuitive-thinking; (4) intuitive-feeling. The guide then describes the two dominant attitudes toward information processing--extroversion and introversion--and the two orientations toward closure--reflective and active--and how these various elements interact with one another. Following is a discussion of cultural differences in learning profiles and the ways various cultural groups fare in the American educational system. Finally, the guide presents An Integrative Model (AIM) to provide educators a common language with which to discuss making the essential match between content, learner's needs, instructional delivery systems, and appropriate assessments. (EV)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Style, Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education, Extraversion Introversion, Individual Differences, Learning Activities, Learning Processes, Learning Strategies, Student Characteristics, Student Evaluation, Student Needs, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference and Exhibit of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (51st, New Orleans, LA, March 16-19, 1996).