Pttls Activity 6

Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector

Teaching and Learning Approaches

Activity 6:

Identifying relevant approaches to teaching and learning

1. It is very important to understand your own learning style as this will determine your natural teaching style. In order to meet the requirements of all potential learners you should remember that there are three main types of learning style, visual, auditory and kinaesthetic. Although there are many other learning style inventories, I prefer to use this one within my own teaching practice. One reason for this is that I feel the three learning styles are applicable to my learners, and although the categories seem quite narrow, as they only allow for three types of learners, there is also the scope within each to deal with the differentiation of abilities between learners.

I have completed the VAK test and identified, as expected, that I am predominantly a kinaesthetic learner. My scores were as follows:

      Visual 7/30 Auditory 8/30 Kinaesthetic 15/30

This learning style inclines me to a more ‘hands on’ approach. I am less likely to provide visually and auditory stimulating training and more likely to deliver practical based sessions.

With this in mind it is important that I develop a well rounded delivery style covering all three styles, in particular Visual and Auditory as these will not come as naturally.

2. For each learning style there are various, recommended teaching styles or approaches. It is important to explore, understand and implement these in order to include every learner you are responsible for reaching and developing.

It is a good idea to get each learner to complete a learning style assessment to identify what kind of group and individuals you will have. This will make your course content and delivery more effective. Below is a list of approaches for each learning style:

      • Video
      • Flipcharts
      • Presentations
      • Case study...