In the news recently when it hosted the second 2012 Presidential debate, Hofstra University has a rich history in the academic community. Founded in 1935 as a campus of New York University, two years later it became Hofstra College. The institution achieved university status in the early 1960s and now comprises10 nationally recognized schools of study.

U.S. News and World Report ranks Hofstra’s School of Education among the nation’s best graduate programs. The school’s Department of Foundations, Leadership and Policy Studies (FLPS) is committed to “preparing reflective leaders for complex educational organizations in diverse, multicultural environments.” Using a variety of methods, the FLPS program teaches psychological, philosophical, and sociological disciplines designed to help educational professionals inspire their students.

About the Author:

New York resident Amy Kenton is a doctoral candidate in Hofstra University School of Education’s Foundations, Leadership and Policy Studies program. She has had a 24-year career in New York State school systems as a teacher and administrator.

Amy Kenton, Ed.D., is an accomplished school administrator. By accommodating different learning styles in teachers’ lesson plans, Amy Kenton believes that educators will have a higher success rate of engaging their entire class in the learning process.

As more research has been conducted on the different ways people learn and process information, educators have realized the need to accommodate different learning styles in the classroom. The VAK model developed by Neil Fleming provides some insight on different types of learning styles.

Visual Learners: This type of learning style refers to a student’s preference to absorb and process information with the use of visual aids such as pictures, diagrams, and maps. Visual learners typically understand concepts and ideas best when illustrated by symbols or graphic depictions.

Auditory Learners: These types of learners absorb information through listening. Auditory learners prefer to process ideas and concepts through lectures. These learners respond favorably to oral examinations and class discussions.

Kinesthetic Learners: Sometimes referred to as tactile learners, the kinesthetic group of the VAK model tends to prefer physically engaging in the learning process. Tactile learners process information and learn new ideas and concepts through movement, experiments, and acting out assignments.