I believe that the learning style test was accurate in the results. My scores are as follows:
20 – Concrete sequential
15 – Abstract sequential
52 – Abstract random
36 – Concrete random
According to Gregorc’s Mind Styles model of distinctive learning patterns and styles it appears
I learn through Abstract Random. Gregorc & Butler (1984) believe all individuals possess some natural ability in the four channels; however, most individuals possess natural ability in one of the channels more than the others (Gregorc & Butler, 1984, p. 179 a as cited in Thompson, Orr, Thompson & Park, 2002).
Gregorc (n.d.) defines the meaning of abstract, “This quality allows you to visualize, to conceive ideas, to understand or believe that which you cannot actually see. When you are using your abstract quality, you are using your intuition, your imagination, and you are looking beyond “what is” to the more subtle implications. “It is not always what it seems.” Whereas, Random: Lets your mind organize information by chunks, and in no particular order. When you are using your random ability, you may often be able to skip steps in a procedure and still produce the desired result. You may even start in the middle, or at the end, and work backwards. You may also prefer your life to be more impulsive, or spur of the moment, than planned.
I listen to others, I am adaptable, try to bring harmony to group situations, try to establish healthy relationships with others and focus on the issues at hand. I learn best when I am in a personalized environment, given broad or general guidelines, able to maintain friendly relationships and I am able to participate in group activities. What is difficult for me? Having to explain or justify my feelings, competition, working with dictatorial/authoritarian personalities, working in a restrictive environment, working with people who don’t seem friendly, concentrating on one thing at a time as my mind wonders for example, to other tasks, giving exact details, and accepting even positive criticism. (Gregorc, n.d., para.).
Taylor (1997) described Abstract Random (AR) learners as having a capacity to sense moods, and they use intuition to their advantage. They prefer to learn in an unstructured environment such as group discussions and activities. In the future, faculty meetings will be viewed as a time to socialize! They prefer not to be restricted by unnecessary rules and guidelines. Because AR’s continuously discharge energy, they may appear “hyper” when indeed they are not, and AR’s use hand and body movements when communicating. They dislike routine activities and cold, unemotional people (para).
Gregorc (1985a) states that learning styles are, “…behaviors, characteristics, and mannerisms which are symptoms of mental qualities used for gathering data from the environment” (Gregorc, 1982, p. 179 as cited in Thompson, Orr, Thompson & Park, 2002). It is important to know my own learning style because I will teach according to the way I learn utilizing various methods. As an educator, I must understand my own learning style but must use a variety of ways to adapt to the learning styles of my students. Wiggins (n. d.) discussed why a learning style test is useful, “When an instructor’s style matches a student’s learning style, that student typically experiences greater satisfaction and a more positive attitude toward the learning experience. James & Maher also noted, “The awareness you gain can then be applied to any learning situation by analyzing the task, determining the necessary skills or strategies, and selecting a variety of activities appropriate for the situation and to the learners” (as cited in Galbraith, 2004, p. 133).
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