"Every decision you make stems from what you think you are."
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This site has been active since 1997. It was originally set up to
serve and support my students through course related links and
original materials. However, it soon became clear that postings and
resources were useful to others as well. Usage has been
readily granted to teaching professionals and students around the
world free with a clear promise to pay it forward with a simple act
of random kindness.
I'd like to say thank you to users honoring the intent of that
requirement. This site will be slowly phased out in 2014. Those concepts proving most popular will be moved to a personal
the second principle.
While traditional theories of
learning encompass a huge array of topics, this particular site strand
is devoted to discussions and information on newer innovations in
education. Some of the innovations and views included in this site
strand are: newer views of intelligence, holistic learning and teaching,
brain-based education, as well as suggestions on how to create teaching
environments where optimal human learning is supported and nurtured. You
can also find additional information on many related topics through my
General Links Pages.
Here there are links to a number of pages devoted to assorted concepts
on rethinking intelligence -- like Gardner's Multiple intelligences,
Perkins' Reflective Intelligence, Goleman's Emotional
Intelligence, and Sternberg's Successful Intelligence.
Learning styles and pedagogy in post-16 learning - From the
Brits -- This is a grand study and a meta-analysis of literature on
learning styles that is both careful and systematic as it critical
reviews a variety of instruments. A very comprehensive look at an
array of diverse learning style instrumentation (71) segregating and
examining the 13 most popular models. This study concluded that it
is the validity and reliability of the parent instrument that is
important in determining the ultimate usefulness and effectiveness
of the work related to teaching and learning. The study concentrates
on 4 major questions:
1. What models of learning
styles are influential and potentially influential?
2. What empirical evidence is there to support the claims made
for these models?
3. What are the broad implications for pedagogy of these models?
4. What empirical evidence is there that models of learning
styles have an impact on students learning?
2. AFT Pages - The following two
links are from the American Federation of Teachers pages and
provide some useful discussions on explaining learning
modalities and some of the research controversies surrounding
the concept of learning retention and modality usage, both are
by Daniel Willingham.