Accomodating multiple learning styles

Students generally do better on an assignment when it matches their preferred style of thinking and learning.Students tend to gravitate towards learning activities that are compatible with their style of learning, just as teachers tend to plan activities compatible with their styles. Sternberg believes that the degree of similarity between the teacher’s and the student’s thinking styles profoundly affects both the teacher’s perception of the student and the student’s perception of the teacher.Sternberg believes that in each person, one function tends to be dominant.Sternberg also stresses that any subject can be taught in a way that is compatible with any learning style.Students with hierarchic forms of mental self-government are able to prioritize and be systematic in completing class assignments and solving problems.

They tend to perform best when tasks and situations are unstructured and when problems are most readily solved by insights that are innovative.A literature lesson, for example, can involve putting oneself in the place of an author or character to imagine what will happen (legislative function), or it might involve a short answer test on factual material (executive function), or an essay test which requires interpretation of events or evaluation of consequences (judicial function).Sternberg states that people are more motivated and perform better on activities that match their learning styles.People who are oriented in this way ten to focus single-mindedly on one goal or task at a time.The hierarchic form allows for multiple goals with different priorities.

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