Understanding how individuals learn is central to personalizing learning. In this practical guide to learning styles, Barbara Prashnig explains how to implement personalized learning in real and varied contexts: what to do and what to avoid, and how to combine learning styles with your existing teaching methods to enhance curriculum delivery. Drawing on her vast experience of learning styles around the world, Barbara looks at issues, such as: how learning styles can help 'problem' students; multisensory teaching and learning, beyond VAK; ways to integrate learning styles and ICT; creating a learning styles classroom; and the do's and don'ts of using learning styles. Each of the 24 chapters describes a particular aspect of style diversity and how to apply it in different situations - from nursery to university, from homework to exams, to sports coaching and sustaining change programmes in schools. Specially designed to be ultra user-friendly, "Learning Styles in Action" enables anyone to easily find out not only what personalized learning is all about, but also how to make it happen.
Barbara Prashnig was appointed the youngest professor in Austria where she taught as a teacher/trainer for 17 years. Emigrating to New Zealand with her family in 1985, she taught Linguistics at Auckland University for five years before founding the Creative Learning Company in 1992. Barbara has pioneered the introduction of the 'diversity concept' in education and training in New Zealand as well as internationally and is now considered to be one of the world's foremost experts on style diversity. Through her organization, she has developed software for assessing Learning Styles, which is now available on the internet in eight different languages. She is also a trained coach and has used the diversity concept successfully in business and life coaching.
Preface by Chris Dickinson Introduction How to use this book Dedication and thanks 1. Personalised learning through learning styles 2. Learning styles around the world 3. LSA - learning style analysis instruments 4. TSA - teaching style analysis instrument 5. How to start, monitor and evaluate a learning styles programme 6. How to use LSA group profiles with students 7. How to create learning style classrooms 8. How to 'double track' when teaching analytic and holistic students 9. Multisensory teaching and learning 10. How to help tactile students learn better 11. How to accommodate kinesthetic learners 12. What to do with students who cannot sit still 13. How to use LS with 'problem' students 14. How important are time preferences and the need for intake? 15. What to do when students cannot work quietly and need sound 16. How to combine LS with Information Communication Technology (ICT) 17. How to integrate LS and Multiple Intelligences (MI) 18. How to fit LS into a full learning cycle 19. Examples of LS use in different educational settings 20. Do's and don'ts with learning styles 21. How to sustain a learning styles programme 22. What about testing and exams? 23. New leadership in schools during change and beyond 24. A look into the future: LS utopia or personalized learning for all? Conclusion Online Resources Useful Websites Further Reading Index