Learning Differences and Multiple Intelligence Essay

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Learning styles begin at an early age. Children learn from what they hear, see and do. As students further their education, their learning styles may change and not all students have the same learning style.
The theory of Multiple Intelligence is the idea presented by Dr. Howard Gardner, a psychologist and professor of neuroscience from Harvard University. Gardner’s definition of intelligence is the ability to create an effective product or service, having the skills to solve problems, and the potential for finding and creating solutions for problems involving and gathering new knowledge. From his studies, the multiple intelligences theory became highly popular with K-12 educators seeking ways to reach students who did not respond to
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These learners succeed when directions are read aloud or information is presented and requested verbally (Farwell, 2000). 10 percent of secondary students learn best auditory, but 80 percent of instructional delivery is auditory (Learning Style, n.d.). Even though they learn best by listening, too much noise might be a distraction for an auditory learner which may cause them to relocate to a quiet place (LearningRx, 2003).
Kinesthetic learners need to move around and work manually with ideas. Touching things, smells and textures are important. Sometimes sitting still in class just listening is difficult for the kinesthetic learner. The more activity experienced while doing a skill enhances the comprehension of the skill. Even small motions that seem unrelated to the activity such as swinging a leg, drawing, or knitting help the kinesthetic learner to understand ideas. The more senses involved in learning, the better it will be remembered (Nelson, 2013). Kinesthetic students make up 50 percent of secondary students and have difficulty learning in a traditional setting which is listening to teachers lecture (Learning Style, n.d.). A “hands on” approach for this type of learner is the best way to process information. Sitting still may be difficult while studying; however writing things down makes it easier to learn (LearningRx, 2003).
Teachers who are sensitive to their students learning

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