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it's not surprising
that parents and
trainers, as well)
are looking to
enhance the way
they teach, train
like to read. When presented
with an opportunity to acquire
knowledge about something new,
my first choice will pretty well
always be to learn by reading rather
than, say, listening to a podcast or
watching a video. So I guess you could
say I'm a verbal learner, right?
Well ... maybe not.
The concept of learning styles
was initially borrowed from Howard
Gardner's theory of 'multiple
intelligences' introduced in the early
1980s, suggesting that individuals
prefer to learn in certain ways and
that they learn better when presented
with information in a way that matches
those specific preferences.
While it's a trend that first gained
traction with educators, it quickly
entered the lexicon of corporate and
institutional training programs as well.
And, once that learning styles ball got
rolling, there was no slowing it down.
In fact, it's now been claimed that
there are more than 70 separate and
distinct styles of learning!
The belief is so widespread,
especially in the education field, that
a 2012 survey indicated that 93-97%
of teachers in the UK, Netherlands,
Greece, Turkey, and China believed
in the value of matching students to
individualized learning methods. The
Wellcome Trust, a biomedical charity
based in London and one of the
largest providers of non-governmental
funding for scientific research in the
world, made the same discovery in
their own 2013 study. When it surveyed
both parents and teachers about
various learning strategies and asked
whether they thought the techniques
were based on scientific principles,
over 75% of them said they believed
that learning style approaches were
supported by research.
Given today's increasing interest
in "brain-based" teaching/learning
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2016
Welcome, New Members!
What’s in Your Back Pocket? Essential Tools to Elevate Your Planner Tool Kit
Beyond the Job Description – The Unwritten Attributes that Hiring Managers Look For
The Do’s and Don’ts of Mentoring
Sharpen Your Skills with the MPI Academy
Destination Spotlight: Golden Horseshoe
Chapter Speaks: How Do You Recharge to Get Back on Track?
Member Spotlight: Finding Your Calling
11 Ways to Make Yourself Smarter
Learning Styles: Fact or Fiction?
Investing in Employees is The Best Investment for All
Online Learning: Friend or Foe?
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2016