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Learning S I Brian Thwaits Professional Speaker Given today's increasing interest in "brain-based" teaching/learning methods, perhaps it's not surprising that parents and educators (and professional trainers, as well) are looking to neuroscience to enhance the way they teach, train and coach. 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 30 * MEETING | May/juNE 2016 | LINkEdIN: MPI ToroNTo ChaPTEr Fact or

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2016

President’s Message
Editor’s Word
Welcome, New Members!
Upcoming Events
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?
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