VARK Analysis Paper
Tanida R. Maselli
Grand Canyon University: NRS 429V-0105
October 5, 2014
VARK Analysis Paper
How an individual understand information and use them to solve complex problems are mainly influenced by his or her learning style. Basically, when you can learn about how you learn, you can study and absorb information much more effectively. In 1987, Neil Fleming who has dedicated his life to explore teaching and learning, developed a popular model called VARK (Visual, Aural, Read/write and Kinesthetic) to show that there are many ways an individual can learn effectively. “VARK is a questionnaire that provides users with a profile of their learning preferences. These preferences are about the ways that they want to take-in and give-out information. ( Fleming, 2011) When we can learn about who we really are by knowing our preferences, we can reflect internally of what we can do to make a positive change for a better learning result. This paper will explore and analyze the scores received from VARK questionnaire which help identify learning styles for Tanida Maselli. It will also further investigate and compare the preferred learning styles and identified learning styles which influence teaching and learning. Summary of the Learning Style
After taking 16 VARK questions, the result shows that Tanida’s learning preference is a multimodal (VARK). Just like a majority of population, a person with multimodal learning style has no strong preference in studying strategy. David Lazear simply explains that it means, “the more different ways you learn something the more you will really learn it! The more different ways you learn something, the more you will remember it! The more different ways you learn something, the more you will genuinely understand it!” ( Lazear, 2008) . This explains the mostly even scores from each area being: visual 9, aural 9, read/write 6, and kinesthetic 10. These scores show that a multimodal learner must gather all the information in many different ways before the understanding can be reached. The great advantage of being multimodal learner is that when there in information being presented in different ways, she can adapt her learning style to take in and able to explain information according to the learner’s preference. However, many times, multimodal learner needs more than one type of preference in order to understand and trust the material. Scoring the highest in kinesthetic, visual and aural, it shows that the educational material is learned best through activities, pictures, and listening. The result from VARK model has shown that Tanida has no particular learning preference but in order to feel secure and have good understanding, she must use more than one learning strategy. Preferred Learning Strategies
Upon finishing the VARK questionnaire and getting a result as a multimodal learner, it is surprising as the preferred learning method for Tanida has always been the read/write strategy which was the lowest scoring area. “Read/write learners need writing materials to take down points they think important from what they read, hear or see.” (Smith, 2014) Throughout college and nursing school, a self-dependent learning by rewriting the textbook, notes, and lectures has been the main method in studying. There was a need to make sure everything was memorized and the only way to do that without missing anything was copying everything all over and over again. Rarely, listening to others or lectures have been helpful as distraction by being around a group of people usually ended in socialization. However, the greatest success through out previous educational experience has been through kinesthetic learning style. Acting out different concepts and role playing with others have always helped in memorizing difficult concept. Among friends, the group will often make up a dance or an act in order to remember different disease processes. These time consuming preferred...
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