The Dunn and Dunn Learning Styles Inventory Model
The Dunn and Dunn Learning Styles Inventory uses a comprehensive learning style model, which considers environmental, emotional, sociological, physiological, and psychological aspects as they affect learning. It is one of the best Learning Styles Inventories you can administer to your child.
When used in conjunction with different learning styles inventories, like the VAKT learning styles model, you can pinpoint and create a perfect learning environment for your child. You can also select ideal programs to enhance your child’s learning.
Learning Styles And Learning Environments
By creating the best learning environment for your learner, you will enhance learning a great deal. Important considerations such as lighting, quietness, timing, structure in the learning environment, solitary or group learning, etc., help you create the ultimate learning environment. Here is a graphic that is beneficial for understanding the different factors in the Dunn and Dunn Learning Style Model:
Create an Optimal Learning Environment for Your Child
You can use the above graphic to consider and create your child’s best learning environment, or you can assess your child with the assessment tools provided at the Official Dunn and Dunn Online Assessment website located at: http://www.learningstyles.net/en/our-assessments.
The assessments are very inexpensive and the accuracy is high if you purchase one of the official assessments, but if you cannot afford the minimal cost, you assess your learner through consideration of each domain. The report you receive when your child takes the Dunn and Dunn Learning Styles Inventory will include specifics about each of the environmental and physiological keys to your child’s best learning environment.
An example Using the Environmental Domain
To build an environmentally friendly learning environment for your child, you would consider:
- Sound – Does your learner like silence, light background noise, or a noisy environment?
- Light – Does your child prefer bright fluorescent or incandescent light, dim light, or natural light?
- Temperature – Does your learner prefer a cold, cool, warm, or toasty environment?
- Seating – Does your child prefer a lounge chair, solid high-back chair, lying on the floor, or other position for reading or studying?
Other Learning Styles Learning Domains
Within the Emotional Domain, you would consider your child’s levels of motivation, task persistence, conformity, and need for a structured environment.
Within the Sociological Domain, you would consider your child’s preference for studying alone, in pairs, with peers, in a team environment, with an adult as a teacher, or in a variety of social settings.
Within the Physiological Domain, you would consider your child’s preference for the standard modes of learning in the VAKT model (auditory, visual, tactile, and kinesthetic) as well as your child’s best time of day for learning activities, as well as preferences for information intake methods and mobility/movement.
Within the Psychological Domain, you would consider your child’s learning style as it falls into an analytic/global thinking style or a more impulsive/reflective style.
Summary of the Dunn and Dunn Learning Styles Inventory
By analyzing your learner’s needs in the five different domains identified in the Dunn and Dunn model, you will build a comprehensive understanding of your child’s individual learning needs. Again, determining your child’s style based upon the Dunn and Dunn model is probably the easiest because they have an inexpensive assessment you can use which is tailored specifically for each of four different age groups. You can access their learning styles inventories at: http://www.learningstyles.net/en/our-assessments.
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