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I was aware that there are 3 types of learning, and thought that this would play a big part in children’s lives and how they learn from different materials, but for my research, I am going to focus on the pros and cons of each type of learning within printed books, ebooks and interactive books. I have read some articles and found some very interesting points that I will be considering using when it comes to writing my dissertation.

Auditory Learners
Auditory learners tend to benefit most from traditional teaching techniques. Many teachers use a lecture-style forum, presenting information by talking to their students. Regulating voice tone, inflection, and body language will help all students maintain interest and attention. Auditory learners succeed when directions are read aloud, speeches are required, or information is presented and requested verbally.

Visual Learners
Some students rely upon a visual learning style: “Show me and I’ll understand.” Visual learners benefit from diagrams, charts, pictures, films, and written directions. These students will value to-do lists, assignment logs, and written notes. Many of these techniques, however, also benefit kinesthetic learners.

Kinesthetic Learners
Most of the school population excels through kinesthetic means: touching, feeling, experiencing the material at hand.

‘Kinesthetic learners are most successful when totally engaged with the learning activity. They acquire information fastest when participating in a science lab, drama presentation, skit, field trip, dance, or other active activity. Because of the high numbers of kinesthetic learners, education is shifting toward a more hands-on approach; manipulatives and other “props” are incorporated into almost every school subject, from physical education to language arts. Hands-on teaching techniques are gaining recognition because they address the challenging needs of kinesthetic learners, as well as the diverse needs of auditory and visual learners.’

http://school.familyeducation.com/intelligence/teaching-methods/38519.html (accessed 7th December 2015)

This article about including all three types of learning in one book is very interesting and something that I would definitely consider doing with my own projects from now on.

http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/styles/vakt.html (accessed 7th December 2015)

This article talks about summarised theories of learning and how they can be used to advantage children when learning.

The BECTA report, however, summarised some of the consistent messages associated with learning styles.

  • There is no secure evidential base to support any one theory of learning styles – it is important to be aware of the limitations of any learning styles model and indeed of the field as a whole.

  • Any theory or model of learning styles is a simplification of the complexity of how students learn.

  • Learning styles are at best one of a range of factors determining how learners react to learning opportunities – environment, teaching methods and curriculum requirements are all part of a complex pattern of interactions.

  • There is a danger inherent in learning styles of labelling students as particular kinds of learners – given the lack of robust evidence in the field, labelling strategies seems safer than labelling learners.

  • An awareness of learning styles theories may help to develop metacognition and the ability to learn how to learn.

  • At least some aspects of learning styles and strategies can be taught, regardless of the natural inclination of individual learners.

http://www.journeytoexcellence.org.uk/resourcesandcpd/research/summaries/rslearningstyles.asp (accessed 7th December 2015)

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