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About Learning Styles

Learning Styles Definition

Learning Styles is a profile that identifies the optimal conditions that will assist the individual worker or learner to be successful in situations in which new, difficult or challenging material is presented. Once an individual's learning style strengths or preferences have been identified, the individual can begin to create the environment in which he/she will be most productive.

BE Survey

Students are required to take the Building Excellence (BE) Learning Styles Assessment*, which is another tool contributing to your self-knowledge. The survey is located in the SLS 1101 Student Success course through the Blackboard shell.

Visitors/Community can also take the Building Excellence (BE) Learning Styles Assessment Survey* by visiting this website and clicking on the BE Survey link. Learning Styles [Online Learning Styles Assessments & Community].

*The BE is based on the original Dunn and Dunn Model, who define learning style as the way in which individuals begin to concentrate on, process, internalize, and retain new and difficult academic information.

Understanding One's Unique Learning Style

If learning is fundamental to everything we do, then understanding one's unique learning style is fundamental to learning. The principled action that exemplifies individuals' success is recognizing, understanding, appreciating and, most importantly, valuing the diversity of learning, thinking, and working styles. Self-awareness of one's learning strengths and productivity preferences provides an illuminating perspective that may enrich one's personal and professional well being. When the unique characteristics possessed by others are valued, a positive shift in attitude often ensues.

BE Model

Learning Styles Model

Dunn and Dunn Model:

A comprehensive model that identifies each individual’s strengths and preferences across the full spectrum of six categories. These six categories have been identified in determining how we learn:

  • Environmental: sound, light, temperature, seating design
  • Emotional: motivation, task persistence, conformity, structure
  • Sociological: alone, pairs, small group, large group, authority, variety
  • Perceptual: auditory, visual word, visual picture, tactual and/or kinesthetic, verbal
  • Physiological: time of day, intake, mobility
  • Psychological: analytic/global, impulsive/reflective
Dunn and Dunn Model

Using Learning Styles for Success

Providing people with a self-reflective analysis of the ideal conditions in which they concentrate, work, and learn paves the way for implementing strategies that:

  • Improve learning attitudes and behaviors;
  • Increase achievement;
  • Improve performance;
  • Strengthen communication;
  • Enhance team interactions;
  • Enhance self-motivation;
  • Reduce anxiety and stress;
  • Facilitate self-leadership skills; and
  • Value diversity of thinking.

Learning Styles Centers

Learning style is a concept utilized worldwide. For the past 30+ years, the International Learning Styles Network (ILSN) has been helping both children and adults reach their full learning potential.

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