Explain what you believe is the best way to differentiate for learning styles.
A learning profile is defined as the way in which “people ‘come at’ learning” and includes learning style, intelligence preferences, culture, and gender (Sousa & Tomlinson, 2012, p. 137). Consider for a moment how you like to learn best. Do you feel like you learn better in a learning environment that caters to your specific learning profile? After reflecting on this question, you will participate in a debate regarding learning styles (a component of one’s learning profile), which is a highly controversial topic among respected researchers and psychologists.
After reading Chapter 7, the following article, “Are learning styles invalid? (Hint:No)” and the following video Learning Styles Don’t Exist(http://www.selladore.com/coachtolearn/7.LearningStyles/LS-critVAK.html ), you will debate the following topic.
Is it important for educators to know the learning style of their students?
For this debate, you will be assigned to a particular debate group based on the first letter of your last name.
Using the information in the course text, from the additional sources provided, and your own research utilizing the Ashford Online Library, develop an argument that supports your assigned side and post it in the discussion. Your argument must be supported by the literature to give validity and evidence for your argument. Be sure to explain why learning styles are or are not important for use in the classroom.
Then respond to at least one peer from the opposite group with a critical evaluation of his or her argument. Propose one or more counter-examples to highlight weaknesses of the disputed argument, or ask for additional evidence to support your viewpoint.
Finally, post your own (personal) opinion based on the arguments, research, and your own experience(s). Explain what you believe is the best way to differentiate for learning styles. How have your initial thoughts on this debate changed based on the research and dialogue you have had for this discussion question?
Carefully review the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate this Discussion Thread.
Book: Sousa, D. A. & Tomlinson, C. A. (2011). Differentiation and the brain: How neuroscience supports the learner-friendly classroom. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press
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