A Good Inventory To Identify Students Learning Styles

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April 26, 2015
There is a lot of debate among scholars regarding the validity of the multiple learning style's  theory, for while one camp refute it on grounds of being non-scientific and lacks in scientific data to back it up , another camp views it as a rigorous conceptual framework  that helps in understanding how students learn. And if we avoid  dichotomous or dualist thinking, we would say that as a conceptual construct, the theory of multiple learning styles does definitely have an added value to the pedagogical discussions surrounding  learning strategies and instructional modes. The overarching premise here is that different learners use different modes to analyze and process input.  While some learners find it easier to comprehend and retain information visually coded, others learn best through verbalization and other auditory means.

If you want to better understand which learning style that would best characterize your learning, educator Brett Bixler has this excellent resource called 'learning styles inventory' composed of a number of questions whose answers will help categorize you within a given learning style. As Brett stated, this inventory has not been validated by any scientific studies and its main goal is to help you "think about yourself and to consider different learning alternatives {and} not to rigidly classify you". Here is how this inventory  works. For each of the 24 questions listed, you will have to click on one of the three buttons (seldom, sometimes, often) that best represent your  answer . When you are done answering all the 24 questions, click on “determine style” to see the learning style suggested for you. Give it a try and let us know what you think of it.