why might it be important for adults to learn different learning styles rather than just relying on the style they have become most comfortable with?

  • Learning Styles
  • Visualizer-verbalizer dimension is a learning style that focuses more on the manner the individual uses analytics to interpret issue based on the cognitive behavior, it also deals with the differentiation between the rule-based and the verbal information processing. A good example is on the innovators versus adaptors. It is quite clear that these individuals exhibit different cognitive styles and behaviors (Terry, 2018).
    Kolb’s theory is more of an experimental learning style which is mainly based on the individual’s experience, perception, cognition, and their behavior. This theory focuses more on how an individual understands and process information that has been fed to his mind. After coming up with the perception, the information is then classified as either solid personal experience or something that has come up based on the individual’s conceptualization and reflection of the issue. Under this theory the learners are either, assimilating, diverging, converging or simply accommodating type, this is based on their approach of processing the information.
    Sternberg’s theory basically discusses the three types of intelligence a person can possess, they are either practical, creative or simply analytical intelligence. The type of intelligence they possess will actually determine how fast they learn basically by processing information. The practical intelligence is more concerned with how the individual responds to the various environmental factors and the ability to adapt or adjust to suit it. Creative intelligence, on the other hand, is simply the ability to come up with new ideas for solving a problem or simply providing solutions to a situation at hand. Analytical intelligence is simply based on the learner’s ability to critically examine an issue and generate a solution based on the information they have been provided with.
    Learning has a significant impact on the individuals on the counseling intervention and approach in quite a number of ways. First of all the various learning styles the individual possess or embrace will actually determine how best they respond to counseling approaches or help establish the best counseling approach that suits them. As we have seen the individuals have different ways of processing information and coming up with conclusions this will determine how they actually respond to these counseling approaches.

    Terry, W.S. (2018). Learning & Memory: Basic principles, processes, and procedures. (5th ed). Unit Kingdom. Routledge.
    Chapter 12: Individual difference in learning and memory. Discovering psychology. Retrieved from: http://www.learner,org/series/discoveringpsychology/04/e04expand.html Reply Reply to Comment

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    • Lisa Pennington
    • Hi Yvette,
      If looking at counseling approaches as an example, I often use a psychoeducational approach with some clients and have to be cognizant of the fact that this approach works better with some than others. When I work with a psycho-educational group, in order to effectively educate the group and reach them all, I need to incorporate visual materials like charts, slides, as well as readings and discussions. Most people are comfortable with a combination of styles and few are solely visual or verbal.  It also depends on the topic being learned.
      Do you have a preference for which topics you greatly prefer to learn visually versus verbally? Reply Reply to Comment
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      • Yvette Lunday
      • Hello! Dr. Pennington!
        There is no preference for topics that should be taught visually or verbally but rather both should be used when teaching a concept or a topic. From a personal point of view, it is imperative that both verbal and visuals are utilized in teaching every topic in psychology. This view is due to the following reasons. In the majority of topics, there are theories and models that explain concepts in which case it is imperative that both visual and verbal styles are adopted. Whenever a particular theory or model is taught, using visual tools is highly recommended. This helps influence the level of comprehension. However, when teaching how the theory or model can be applied in the real world contexts verbal style should be utilized in order to make the learners relate the model to the real world context or problem.
        Additionally, it is imperative that the two styles are incorporated. Visual tools are not able to present more comprehensive information meaning there is a possibility for important information to be left out. More so, due to the fact that learners have varying levels of comprehension, there are those who need more verbal than visuals and vice versa (Reid, 2005). In this regard, it is imperative that both styles are incorporated when teaching all the two topics. Personal preference encompasses the use of more verbal and reduced use of visuals. Actually, verbal should come first and visuals should follow as a way of cementing the knowledge and making the learner be able to remember a certain concept much more easily. Essentially, both verbal and visual styles can be used when teaching but none should be used predominantly. Doing so will ensure that comprehension rates are positively impacted.

        Reid, G. (2005). Learning Styles and Inclusion (1st ed.). New York, NY: SAGE Publications Ltd.
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        • Lisa Pennington I NEED THIS: (BOTTOM-RESPONSE-ONLY)—(TODAY)
          Yesterday Dec 9 at 6:24 pm
        • You are right that preference is important, but we can’t make it a hard and fast rule to use both visual and verbal means since that may not always be possible.
          Also, everyone has a combination of learning styles with a preference to a greater or lesser degree for one.  People can learn how to learn using different styles!  So, why might it be important for adults to learn different learning styles rather than just relying on the style they have become most comfortable with? Reply Reply to Comment



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