ERIC Number: ED422478
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Learning Styles and Vocational Education Practice. Practice Application Brief.
Brown, Bettina Lankard
Learning styles and the creation of effective learning environments are of emerging significance in education as the changing nature of work requires higher-order thinking skills. Although learning style may be simply defined as the way people come to understand and remember information, the literature is filled with more complex definitions of the term that tend to reflect the perspectives of different learning styles inventories. Learning style patterns are also defined in various ways. For example, they may be categorized according to perceptual, cognitive, and affective dimensions. The perceptual dimension of learning is influenced by physical and sensory elements that reflect the body's response to external stimuli. Cognitive styles of learning are learners' ways of receiving, storing, processing, and transmitting information. The affective dimension of learning encompasses all aspects of personality, with personality dictating how an individual acquires and integrates information. Finding ways to address different students' learning styles is a challenge. Vocational educators have a history of varied instructional practices through their promotion of hands-on learning and knowledge transfer. The advent of constructivism has expanded this tradition. A number of techniques that vocational educators can use to promote concepts of brain-based learning have been identified. (Contains 13 references) (MN)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.