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Learning Styles - What are Learning Styles?

Learning Styles - What are Learning Styles?

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Updated July 01, 2014

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Learning Styles - What is Learning Styles Theory?

Learning Styles theorists believe there are several different types of intelligence or ability. Under these theories, every person is believed to have strengths and weaknesses in one of nine different skill areas. Learning styles theory is sometimes also called multiple intelligences theory.

Multiple Intelligences - How is Multiple Intelligences Theory Different from Traditional Views of Intelligence?

Early psychological theories described intelligence as a hereditary ability that remained mostly fixed throughout life. It enabled us to reason and solve problems and was seen as the single most important factor affecting human life. This general intelligence concept was the forerunner of today's intelligence quotient. The theory of multiple intelligences, by contrast, suggests there are many different types of human intelligence that impact our overall functioning in life.

Learning Styles and Learning Disabilities

If your child has a learning disability, it is important for you to understand her learning style as well. Teachers can incorporate a child's learning style into instruction and choice of materials at school and can help her learn more effectively. At home, parents can use learning styles to help with homework, practicing skills, and reinforcing learning from their children's school day.

What are the Multiple Intelligences?

Multiple intelligences theory is based on the work of Harvard professor, Howard Gardner. Through his research, Gardner theorized that intelligence is more complex than the traditional concept of general intelligence, which he viewed as incomplete. He identified eight areas of intelligence that each person has. Further, Gardner maintains that these abilities can be nurtured and developed more fully. If these faculties are not nurtured, they will not develop and could possibly weaken over time. This idea of changeable intelligence was revolutionary, and its impact on teaching continues to evolve.

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