VARK Analysis Paper
Learning styles are the different views and ways of learning. In 1970, the idea of individualized learning styles started. In 1987, Neil Fleming designed the VARK learning model with Colleen Mills the co-author. ("VARK," 2011, p. 1)Fleming VARK model of learning is one of the commonly used learning styles which developed upon old Neuro linguistic programming models. This model is combined of four strategies which are Visual, Aural, Read/write and Kinesthetic. It contains sixteen questions that include many dimensions. In November 2010, VARK improvised the new version of a book which is entitled How Do I Learn Best. This book is very simple and is not ...view middle of the document...
This group reinforces the use of learning with another mode, because of the uncertainty about learning. To become more confident, they take longer time to learn, by gathering the information from seeing, reading or listening. Thus the outcome of learning will be more versatile and sure than those who have single preference learning. The understanding of the subject is deeper and wider. The whole- sense approach group uses one mode as primary and other modes to support the primary one. They begin the learning with one mode and use other modes to reinforce accuracy. (Fleming, 2011, p. 1)
Preferred Learning Strategies
Multimodal preferences can vary between different individuals. Some scores like Read-write 14 and Aural 11 are the example of strong preference in Read-write and Aural (RA).(Fleming, 2002, p. 2) The Read/Write strategy group of people collects information from lists, headings, dictionaries, handouts, textbooks, library, computer and laboratory. They write words repeatedly and read notes several times. All the laboratory results turn into words. Instead of using visual to prepare and read notes, the people prefer Aural; they attend the classes, discussions and tutorials regularly, discuss topics with peers and teachers. These groups’ notes may not be sufficient, because they like to listen more. The Aural group likes to hear the notes from the recorder, ask others to hear from them and read the notes loudly. The outcome of this group performs well in any test. The person who uses Visual study strategies to support the primary, they prefer to see some pictures, posters and graphs. Also, the other support group from the kinesthetic strategy will use all strategies together to practice learning. ("Learning strategies," 2000, p. 1)
How Do I Study Best- the book written by Charles Bonwell and Neil Fleming, explains the identified strategies for preferred learning style. This book helps the student to identify the weaker and stronger study preferences. When comparing the above given Read/write and Aural strategies, a person with the identified strategies can learn best by developing these skills. Sometimes, the multimodal strategy person learns only superficially, using one mode. Instead of using all preferences together the context specific approach group uses single preferences. They use the best preferences to that specific situation. They may use a mode incorrectly. Sequencing is another modality in multimodal strategy. These people start with one model and then change the model if the first one is not working. Theory says in multimodality the whole sense approach is the best strategy. There are some similarities noted in both. Fleming’s identified strategies gives an idea to extend the skill level to unknown areas. Fleming’s theory is more balanced and effective. They use all the strategies to get a successful outcome.
The individual who uses the Read/write and Aural preferred strategy should learn to comply...