Learning Styles in a Suburban College
Bernadyn Kim Suh
Learning Styles has been infused into many education courses at Dowling College, a private, suburban institution on Long Island, New York. Various aspects of the Dunn and Dunn Learning-Style Model have been taught to prospective teachers in a number of ways. This chapter: (a) describes the graduate and undergraduate courses that address learning-styles theory and practice; (b) cites examples of master's-level research on learning styles; and (c) briefly discusses the International Learning Styles Network and the Center for Learning and Teaching Strategies at Dowling College.
In a course entitled, Graduate Social Studies Methods, students are asked to develop social studies unit plans, using the CAP approach ( Dunn & Dunn, 1992, 1993, 1999). Students select a social studies topic appropriate to the grade level in which they will do their student teaching. They develop a comprehensive unit of study by identifying the concepts, skills, and attitudes they want to present to their students. The social studies standards for New York State also are included in this unit of study. The format for developing a CAP is used and Activity Alternatives and Reporting Alternatives are presented to give students choices in activities to help them achieve the behavioral objectives. The initial and final assessments also are developed and presented to the students in the CAP. In those social studies CAPs, students develop small-group techniques, such as Circle of Knowledge, Team Learning, Group Analysis, Role Playing, and Case Studies. Students are asked to incorporate at least two small-group techniques into their social studies CAP.