Learning and Learning Styles: A Review and Look to the Future
Serbrenia J. Sims and Ronald R. Sims
This book has emphasized, among other things, the extreme importance of understanding individual differences, learning principles, factors that affect motivation of students and trainees in learning situations, and the variety of individual learning style models that instructors and trainers can consider in their efforts. It should be evident to those responsible for teaching and training that an increased understanding and use of learning style data can provide them with important information. Most importantly, each teaching or training endeavor will have learners with disparate learning style preferences and a variety of learning strengths and weaknesses that have been developed through earlier learning experiences, analytical abilities, and a host of other experiences they bring with them.
To enhance learning, instructors and trainers must recognize that individuals learn and teach differently, and what may be an optimal learning or training method for one may discourage another. Indeed, instructors and trainers should make sure that a variety of training or learning opportunities are presented to students and trainees to increase the likelihood of advancing learning.
This chapter is intended to provide a brief review of key points discussed in this book and to highlight other ideas that will increase effectiveness in understanding, assessing, and using learning styles to enhance learning.