Learning Theories

Learning Theories

How can the information gathered from learning styles assessment aid a learner to ensure they reach their full potential?

The aim of this essay is to investigate how the information gathered from learning styles assessment can aid a learner to ensure they reach their full potential. Learning can be seen as an acquisition of knowledge and according to Carroll (1963) “given time and good instruction almost all pupils will be able to ‘master’ what they are asked to learn (cited in Gardner pg13). By looking at the different learning styles assessments this author will consider whether they could benefit the learner of today. Two main learning theories investigated for this essay were, Howard Gardner’s ‘Theory of Multiple Intelligence’ (1983) using the ‘Seven Intelligences Questionnaire’, and David A Kolb’s ‘Experimental Learning Model’ (1984)

Howard Gardner is a psychologist who is known for his work ‘Theory of Multiple Intelligence’. Gardner believes the individual learner uses ‘cognitive profile’, and in 1983 listed seven intelligences as Linguistic who relate to words, spoken or written, and display strengths in words and languages, Logic-Mathematical is associated to logic, abstractions, reasoning, and numbers, closely linked with traditional understanding of IQ, Musical is associated with rhythm, music, and hearing, correlating with greater displays in sensitivity to sounds, rhythms, tones and music. Visual-Spatial, concerned with vision and spatial judgment, convey strengths in visualizing and mentally manipulating objects, Kinaesthetic relay bodily movement and physiology, linking with muscular movement, Interpersonal, interaction with others, tending to be extroverts, and Intrapersonal, have self-reflective capacities leaning towards being introverts and prefer working alone.

Albeit these do not necessarily work in opposition to each other, but can work in conjunction for the leaner to thrive. For example it could be argued mathematical...

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