Developing Yourself and Others

Developing Yourself and Others: M3013
Identifying learning styles using recognised models
To identify my own learning style and that of my colleague I started by looking at the different recognised models including those of Howard Gardner, Alan Mumford and Peter Honey, David Kolb et al. Howard Gardner’s work on Multiple Intelligences struck a particular chord with me and appeared the most ‘in depth’ review when compared to Visual-Auditory-Kinaesthetic Learning Styles, although in truth there seems to be little empirical evidence supporting Gardner’s work or others’ in favour of Learning Styles.
Both I and my colleague Andrew filled in a multiple intelligences test each which was based on Howard Gardner’s model. My answers and results can be found in appendix 1, Andrew’s in appendix 2.
From the results it can be seen that I benefit from learning geared around musical intelligence. This suggests I may have awareness and appreciation of the use of sounds and the ability to recognise not only tonal and rhythmic patterns but also the relationship between sound and feeling. I also display traits of logical-mathematical intelligence. This shows an ability to reason, deduct and analyse problems as well as understanding relationships between causes and effects. Although these two intelligences seem dichotomous they both show an ability to detect patterns.
Andrew’s results share a common ground in my own as his results show a leaning towards logical mathematical intelligence. Andrew also displayed traits of linguistic intelligence. His ability to learn through language and words both spoken and written, as well as the retention of meanings, ideas and information communicated through words alone fit well with his previous profession as a teacher.
Development needs analysis
A simple technique I have employed to identify the development needs of myself and Andrew is a SWOT Analysis chart.
Internal - Strengths
External - Opportunities