Personalized Learning Essay

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Abstract This paper informs the reader of the basic theories on learning styles and personality differences established by David Kolb, Carl Jung, Katherine Briggs, Isabel Briggs-Myers, David Kiersey and Marilyn Bates. I have also given my own feedback of their theories after taking their tests to see which particular learning styles and personality type I possess. Personalized Learning Personality and Learning Styles go hand in hand in understanding who you are and how you learn. Personality Typing is a self discovery that can help you in growth and development. Personality is defined as the quality or collection of qualities which makes a person a distinct individual. (Storm & deVries, 2006) Discovering the way you prefer to learn can help you in many aspects of your life. Learning Styles is the way in which each person absorbs and retains information and skills. (Williamson & Watson, 2006) David Kolb’s theory on learning styles concludes that there are four main types of learners. Everyone uses all areas of learning to an extent but everyone also has tends to have a preferred style. These styles are: Accomodators, Convergers, Assimilators, and Divergers. Accomodators excel in learning from hands on experience. Divergers use imagination and brainstorming while they learn. Convergers learning abilities are focused on finding practical uses for ideas and thinking. Assimilators are best at organizing and analyzing information. (Williamson & Watson, 2006) Kolb developed a test called the Learning Style Inventory, or LSI. This is a test which consisted of many questions to determine exactly which learning style describes you best. In the Bethel College Orientation 101 book they have broken down Kolb’s four learning types into three more simple types. These types are: Visual Learners, Auditory Learners, and Kinesthetic Learners. Visual Learners remember what they

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