VARK Personal Learning Preferences Analysis
Grand Canyon University
Family Centered Health Promotion
America’s university population is both culturally and generationally diverse. Each student has his or her own unique approach and style of learning. These differences may not always mesh with the conventional educational methods practiced at the collegiate level. As the demographics of the collegiate population continue to change, academic institutions nationwide have responded to this challenge with an increase in multimodal educational interventions. The VARK learning assessment tool is used globally as an instrument for students and educators to gauge the strengths and weaknesses of their personal learning strategies. This essay is focused on learning styles and the outcome of the VARK learning assessment for the author. Dr. Malcom Knowles stated that adult learning is “self centered”. Adult learners are self-directed and learn best when directly involved in the education process as opposed to being subjected to the traditional lecture forum. Adults are motivated to learn when the subject matter is relevant to them and can be applied to personal experiences. When treated as an equal, adult learners are more receptive to their educators (Marcy 2001). Learning styles can be defined as a preferred mode(s) an individual uses to gain knowledge. Dr. David A. Sousa an international consultant in educational neuroscience, identified three learning styles predominate in most classrooms. The first identified learning style is auditory. Pupils learn best by hearing the information. These students excel in the traditional lecture hall setting; tape reorders and discussion are also popular educational aides with this group. The second learning style is visual. Visual learners absorb information best by the use of symbols, bright colors, charts, graphs, and diagrams. Like Dr. Temple Grandin, an...