The Science of Higher Education

Effective teachers at all levels know that students learn differently from one another: Some learn best by hearing information, others are hands-on (or “kinesthetic”) learners, and still others are visual learners. But did you know that one of those groups makes up nearly two-thirds of the population? And do you know which teaching approach is most effective for each preferred learning style? Do you know which is your own preferred learning style?

Students of certain learning styles tend to gravitate toward professions that match their learning styles well. For example, visual learners are more likely than others to become artists, and auditory learners a more apt to become lawyers. It all comes down to what students are most comfortable doing, and how they’re most comfortable doing it.

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The Science of Higher Education

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As noted above, some what teaching approach works best depends not only on a student’s learning style, but also on the subject being taught. For example, geography and and engineering courses best lend themselves to visually-oriented teaching, while teaching foreign language will inevitably rely on more audio-oriented teaching. The best teachers will often mix and match teaching styles to accommodate each student’s learning style as well as the course subject matter.

Finally, just as each student will gravitate toward one particular learning style, every instructor will tend to find that a certain teaching style works best. There’s no single right way to teach or learn a material — the science of higher education always involves a little bit of art, as well!

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By Scott Shrum.

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