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.