Aug 012013
 

Looking for A Learning Styles Inventory to Determine Your Child’s Learning Style?

Check out the following learning styles inventory list for tools you can use to figure out your child’s learning style. Use one or all of the learning styles inventory tools for a better understanding of your child’s learning.


to give yourself a solid understanding of your child’s learning preferences.

Finding your child’s personal learning style can be accomplished through these online tools or through your own personal observations. Knowing your child’s style can make a lot of difference in whether your child ends up loving learning–or not.

Many free online learning styles inventory tools are geared towards adults. That makes many of the learning styles inventory options difficult to use for identifying your child’s learning style. The questions may be too difficult for your child to answer. More likely, your child won’t have any experience with the topic of the question.

Learning Styles Inventory (LSI)

One tool, called the Learning Styles Inventory (LSI), was specifically made for use with middle school children. The LSI is available online at the Learning Styles website. The online tool is based upon the Dunn, Dunn, and Price model, which assesses 21 different areas. This LSI has one of the highest reliability and validity ratings (Farkus, 2003).

The Learning Styles Inventory has an established record, and is being modified to be used with elementary and high school students, as well as adults. The online versions for grades other than middle school are supposed to be available 1st quarter, 2007. I believe this tool will give you the most thorough view of your child’s learning needs, making it well worth the nominal fee of $5.00.

Abiator’s Learning Styles Inventory Tests

A set of free online assessments that seems fairly accurate is the Abiator’s LSI Tests, but the Learning Styles Test #1 is a bit difficult for a young child. This site provides four different assessments, all of which provide useful information. Three of the assessments are simple check boxes for statements you agree with, making them easy for a child to respond to. Many of the questions are geared towards school work, and involve reading, which may skew results somewhat, but not significantly enough to affect the determination of your child’s primary and secondary learning styles.

Memletics Learning Styles Inventory Tool

Another free inventory, which gives very detailed information is the Memletics Learning Styles Inventory. This inventory provides information on solitary, social, visual, verbal, aural, logical, and physical aspects of a person’s learning preferences. With 70 questions, this inventory can take longer to complete, but is well worth the effort.

Other Tools for Exploring Learning Styles Inventory

You may also want to check out the other sections of the Learning Abled Kids’ website about learning styles. Some of those pages have information about additional Learning Styles Inventory tools based upon different types of learning styles models. You can visit the main learning styles page at:
http://learningabledkids.com/learning-styles/quick-guide-to-learning-styles.htm

Learning Styles Inventory

Aug 012013
 

What are Psychological Learning Styles ? What is your child’s?

There are four components to psychological learning styles. These pieces are ways of thinking that your child may use. Look at each of the pieces to see what your child’s psychological learning preferences might be.

Psychological Learning Styles : Global Thinking – Whole-to-Part processing; students with this style see the “big picture” before integrating individual parts of the picture into their thinking. “These students may appear to be slow processors when in reality, they are taking in the new information and considering the significance of it. They’re interpreting how this new piece of knowledge fits into the larger system” (Mann, 2006). Students learn best by being presented the overall concept, then engaging in exploration of the pieces that make up the whole.

global analytic learning style

Psychological Learning Styles : Analytical (Sequential) Thinking – Part-to-Whole processing; Analytical learners prefer to learn the sequential pieces. They assimilate the pieces into a whole concept. Analytical students learn best by being presented individual ideas or components. They then explore how each of the components link together to form the overall concept.

Psychological Learning Styles : Impulsive (Active) Learner – Prefers to explore ideas through active exploration. They like to engage in “hands-on” learning and learn by trying out new ideas. Active learners enjoy exploratory-experiential learning

reflective impulsive learning styleVERSUS..

Psychological Learning Styles : Reflective Learner – Prefers to ponder concepts and consider various options. Reflective learners learn through analysis and careful evaluation of new ideas through deep thinking. Reflective Learners need time to think, evaluate, and process new ideas.

When rating themselves as global or sequential, most students select “sequential.” When rating between active or reflective, most students select “active” (Dahl, 2005). Your child could easily be different, but a sequential, active learner is the predominate style when students rate themselves.

If you’d like to evaluate your child’s psychological learning style, visit learningstyles.net to have your child take the full assessment.

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psychological learning styles

Aug 012013
 

What is Your Child’s Physiological Learning Style ?

There are four components to a child’s physiological learning style. Look at each of the pieces to see what your child’s physiological learning preferences might be.

Physiological Learning Style - perceptual

Physiological Learning Style : Perceptual Strengths (Auditory, Visual, Kinesthetic & Tactile) – These strengths are the basis of most learning styles models. They were discussed in detail earlier in this tutorial.

time of day learning style

Physiological Learning Style : Time-of-Day Energy Levels – Learners can be early, alert risers, ready to learn early in their day, or they may not become fully alert until much later in the day. The time of day when a person is most alert is the best time to engage in learning activities, whether that time is in the morning, evening, or midday.

intake learning style

Physiological Learning Style : Intake Needs (Foods & snacks) – Study data shows breakfast helps most people get their day off to a good start by providing energy for the body after being without any food through the sleep cycle. Throughout the rest of the day, a learner may prefer to eat frequently in small amounts, or eat larger meals a few times during the day. Learners may like to drink continuously while studying, or may prefer to chew gum to aid concentration. Meeting basic intake needs will help any learner focus on learning better because they won’t be distracted by a desire to meet intake needs.

mobility learning style

Physiological Learning Style : Need for mobility – Some learners prefer to learn in a stationary stance, while “active” learners prefer to move while learning. Movement can range from pencil or finger tapping, wiggling a leg, getting up frequently, walking while reading or studying, or engaging in hands-on learning activities. A need for mobility can range anywhere from being stationary up to continuous movement.

If you’d like to evaluate your child’s physiological learning style, visit learningstyles.net to have your child take the full assessment.

Aug 012013
 

What is Your Child’s Sociological Learning Style ?

Social learning is loved by some, but not by others. There are different levels of social learning too. Your child could learn alone, with you, with someone else, with another child, in a small group or a large group.

Kids vary in their desire to be around people when learning. Read about the sociological learning style to figure out what your child most prefers.

There are five components to a child’s sociological learning style. Look at each of the pieces to see what your child’s sociological learning preferences might be.

Sociological Learning Style : solitary learning

Sociological Learning Style : Preference for Learning in Groups, pairs, or alone – Highly social individuals prefer learning with others. Learning with others helps them formulate ideas by sharing or discussing concepts. Some learners are solitary in nature. They prefer to think and contemplate individually. Students who prefer to learn in groups will benefit from learning co-ops, hybrid homeschools, or other learning environments where they can learn with others. Students who prefer to learn alone will do well learning at home by themselves.

pairs or authority learning style

Sociological Learning Style : Preference for Authority Figure Presence – Having an authority figure present gives some learners comfort. They feel protected in their learning. It enables the learner to seek confirmation of being on task, or to clarify areas of confusion by asking questions, without delays in their learning tasks.

peer learning style

Sociological Learning Style : No Authority – Other learners prefer not to have an authority figure around, as they may feel uncomfortable if they think they may make a noticeable mistake or have a watchful eye upon them all the time. Having the needed level of “proximity” to your learner can help with their comfort level in completing their learning assignments.

adult learning style

In another sense, some learners like learning from “experts” in the area of study. They glean a lot from first-person experiences. They like being able to ask questions and having them answered immediately. The immediacy of information sharing enables the learner to feel as though they have individually experienced the knowledge of the authority figure.

variable learning style

Sociological Learning Style : Need for Variety versus Routines – This is very similar to a learner’s emotional need for structure. The learner’s need for predictability on a daily basis versus a need for change can be strong factors in a learners ability to engage in learning tasks. Some learners must have highly structured environments. They are aided by daily checklists for assignments. They like consistency in time and location for learning, as well as predictability in how learning tasks will be accomplished.

team learning style

Learners with a need for variety flourish when provided with spontaneous learning activities. Learners who like variety may become ‘bored’ with learning in the same place, in the same way, day after day. Establishing a level of routine or variability suitable to the learner can enable the learner to engage in learning activities more easily, without being either bored or confused by changes.

If you’d like to evaluate your child’s sociological learning style, visit learningstyles.net to have your child take the full assessment. The learning styles inventory will assess your child in each of the learning styles area. It’s a great tool for figuring out how to teach your child most effectively.

sociological learning style

Aug 012013
 

What is Your Child’s Emotional Learning Style ?

What role does your child’s emotional learning style play in your child’s learning?

We all have different personalities. What we like and dislike affects everything we do including learning and teaching. IF your child’s emotional needs for learning match your needs, you’ll be all set. However, you may need to think about your child’s needs to help your child learn effectively.

There are five parts to a child’s emotional learning style. Look at each of the pieces to see what your child’s emotional learning style might be.

motivation emotional learning style

Emotional Learning Style : Level of Motivation – This is your child’s ability to work independently, in a self-driven manner, towards a desired goal or outcome. Some kids are highly motivated to complete their schoolwork, almost to a point of being ‘driven’. Other children are not internally motivated to complete tasks on their own at any level. Your child’s internal level of motivation may require incentives if your child’s individual motivation level is low. Interest may be lifted through unit studies your child chooses too, especially when they are in an area of high interest.

persistence learning style

Emotional Learning Style : Persistence – Your child’s ability to continuously engage in an activity until it is completed or correct is persistence. Learners with low levels of persistence will “give up” quickly if they are not successful in completing a task. Other learners persist to a point of obsession to complete tasks or to complete them perfectly. The higher your child’s level of persistence is, the more willing he will be to work on a learning task until it is mastered. Persistence can be encouraged with motivational tools. Lots of positive recognition for any degree of progress can encourage persistence too.

responsibility and conformity learning style

Emotional Learning Style : Responsibility – The Hyperdictionary defines this as: a form of trustworthiness; the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one’s conduct. For a learner, this would be the learner’s ability to take control of and follow through on his own learning tasks.

Responsibility levels can be nurtured through incremental increases in independent learning activities until your child is capable of taking responsibility for all of his learning tasks.

Emotional Learning Style : Conformity / Non-conformity – Your child’s willingness to act within expected boundaries or guidelines. As the teacher, you establish learning activities for your child to engage in. Whether or not your child is willing to operate within the guidelines you set is the level of conformity your child has. Children who are motivated to complete assignments rapidly may be non-conformists if they do not finish assignments to a reasonable level of acceptability.

Conformity can be encouraged through motivational tools, encouragement, and clear expectations with logical consequences. Conformity can also be strengthened by pursuing topics of interest to your child.

structure learning style

Emotional Learning Style : Need for Structure – Your child’s need for organization and predictability on a daily basis are aspects of structure. Some children like highly structured learning. They are helped by daily checklists for assignments and consistency in the time and location for learning. They also like predictability in how their learning tasks will be done.

Learners with a low-structure needs flourish in a spontaneous learning environment. They may become ‘bored’ with learning in the same place, in the same way, day after day. Establishing a level of structure that your child likes can help your child to engage in learning activities more easily. The key is to match the room your child learns in to your child’s needs.

If you’d like to evaluate your child’s emotional learning style, visit learningstyles.net to have your child take the full assessment.

Aug 012013
 

What is Your Child’s Environmental Learning Style ?

We all have preferences for lighting, temperature, time of day, etc. Are you a morning person or an evening person? What about your child? What does your child like? Soft lighting or bright lighting? Background music or silence?

There are four components to a child’s environmental learning style. Look at each of the pieces to see what your child’s environmental learning preferences might be.

sound preference learning style

Environmental Learning Style : Sound – Learner preference for silence versus ‘white noise’ or background music. Learners who prefer sound are better able to concentrate when white noise or music cover up unexpected noises. Learners who prefer silence are distracted by any noises and do best studying in quiet environments with few or no distractions.

lighting preference learning style

Environmental Learning Style : Lighting – Learner preferences for bright light versus dim or filtered light; florescent, incandescent, or natural light. Consider different learning locations based upon lighting preferences. Options may include at a kitchen table with lights on, with light from outside windows, by a bedroom or living room window, outside under a tree, at a desk with artificial light, etc.

temperature preference learning style

Environmental Learning Style : Temperature – Learner preference for warm versus cool temperatures. For some learners, cool temperatures help keep them alert, while other learners find cool temperatures distracting–their mind is on being ‘cold’ rather than on studying. For some learners warm temperatures help concentration, while others find warmer temperatures lulling them to sleep. Use small ceramic disc heaters for warmth, or small fans for coolness, near learners who might prefer learning temperatures that differ from the overall learning environment.

seating preference learning style

Environmental Learning Style : Seating – Learners may prefer a big comfy chair, an office chair at a desk, on the floor, lying on a bed, curling up in a corner of the sofa, at a kitchen or dining room table, etc. Learners learn best if they are comfortably situated. Use of a consistent location can help a learner focus more quickly and concentrate longer on their learning tasks.

If you’d like to evaluate your child’s environmental learning style, visit learningstyles.net to have your child take the full assessment.

environmental learning style