The results of the questionnaire indicated a high preference for multimodal learning styles, which is a combination of all the VARK learning modes. VARK, which stands for visual, aural, read/write, and kinesthetic, is a questionnaire tool used to categorize individual preferred learning styles (Willingham, Hughes, & Dobolyi, 2015). The VARK questionnaire was developed in 1987 by Neil Fleming and is one of the most popular instruments used with satisfactory reliability and validity. An advantage of multimodal learning strategy is that learners can learn deeply, which enhances mastery of content hence improved information retention (Willingham, Hughes, & Dobolyi, 2015). Additionally, with this approach, Learners familiarize themselves with multiple learning styles, which can yield the best results in particular disciplines.
Preferred Learning Strategies
I have two preferred learning strategies. One of these is kinesthetic. Kinesthetic modality requires the use of abstract and conceptual material, such as metaphors, suitable examples, and analogies, for learning (Willingham, Hughes, & Dobolyi, 2015). When lecturers make full use of role-playing, situational simulations, experiments, and experiential learning, I grasp and retain the content better. The reading and writing strategy is the other learning strategy that I prefer. In this approach, printed words are used to relay information, and the method involves utilizing tools, such as glossaries, journals, textbooks, lists, re-reading the available notes, and re-writing notes, in different versions (Willingham, Hughes, & Dobolyi, 2015). This strategy has been critical in my journey to achieving academic success.
Impact Of Learning Styles on the Degree to Which A Learner Can Understand or Perform Educational Activities
Learning styles affect how individuals perceive, absorb, process, comprehend, and retain the information; hence they influence how learners perform educational activities. Learning styles are as important as intellect. There is a direct relationship between learning styles and learners’ performance in schools (Willingham, Hughes & Dobolyi, 2015). Indeed, learners perform exemplary if their assignments suit their preferred learning styles since they tend to settle for disciplines that are well-matched with their preferred learning styles.
Current Preferred Learning Strategies Compared to the VARK Identified Strategies
The VARK Identified strategies and my current preferred ones have differences in terms of the learning outcomes and information retention. The multimodal strategy allows the preservation of information among the learners because it allows then to familiarize themselves with multiple strategies that fit in particular disciplines, unlike reading/write strategy that only capitalizes on printed content (Pritchard, 2017). Additionally, learners who employ kinesthetic learning strategies prefer using real-life situations and experiences rather than theoretical or abstract learning, unlike multimodal learning. As such, these learners enjoy practical opportunities and experiences to help in learning new information.
Importance of Educators to Understand Individual Learning Styles
Educators need to understand individual learning styles to enable them to choose and apply the right learning strategies to disseminate the knowledge of any subject to learners in a manner they are likely to learn quickly. It is suggested that students learn more when they understand why the educator has chosen certain instructional methods (Pritchard, 2017). Moreover, choosing a teaching strategy by educators largely depends on the information that is being imparted or conveyed. Other factors that may influence the choice of a teaching strategy include the learning style, abilities, and zeal of the students (Pritchard, 2017). Thus a learning strategy is imperative in ensuring a greater quality of education and performance during the learning process.
Understanding the Learning Styles of Individuals Participating in Health Promotion and Its Importance in Achieving the Desired Outcome
Understanding the learning styles of individuals participating in health promotion is critical because it optimizes the delivery of health information. The ability of healthcare practitioners to impact patients’ understanding of health matters is increased if these professionals are intuitive regarding the level of literacy and cognitive ability of the patients (Grebner, 2015). For example, using educational charts and models in patient education for patients who prefer them can augment the effectiveness of health promotions. Therefore, understanding learning styles serves as a guide for healthcare workers in delivering effective presentations, which makes it easy for patients to learn.
How Learning Styles Affect Behavior Change
Learning styles promote behavior change as they dictate how information is comprehended. For effective communication, the information is packaged in a comprehensible manner, which should conform to the learning style. The most important determinant in altering an individual’s behavior is overcoming resistance to change through adequate communication (Pritchard, 2017). As such, if the given information conforms to their learning style, a learner is likely to quickly grasp, understand, and retain it. In such a setting, the chances of implementing the suggested changes are high, thus contributing to behavior change. Conversely, poorly organized information may lead to a lack of understanding, thus leading to failure in behavior change.
Accommodating Different Learning Styles in Health Promotion
It s imperative to accommodate different learning styles in healthcare promotion because the recipients of such information have differing learning styles. Foremost, an assessment tool should be drafted to discern the learning style an individual prefers. The learning strategies should then be incorporated into health promotion to meet the objectives (Grebner, 2015). Examples of styles that could be accommodated include aural learning, in which sound and music are utilized for health promotion, visual learning, whereby photos and other forms of diagrammatic representations are utilized, and social learning, in which the health promotion information is disseminated in groups.
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