We are leaving in a technology-based world. Day by day, the world we live in is developing in various aspects without fail. Along with that, trend in education has been developing to cater for the best of the students. This clearly means that trends in education system are always changing from time to time. The modernized world has changed people’s perception on how they look at the current trends in education. Speaking about trends, what do we understand about trends? According to Erlendsson (2003) trend in short means ‘a regular change in data over time’.
The essay that I am writing about is ‘Students’ Learning Styles in Classroom’ which focuses on the usage of learning styles in education nowadays. I am currently teaching Visual Arts for Grade 1 and 2 in school X, an international school in Kuala Lumpur. I personally have been conducting lessons accommodating to all students’ learning styles.
2.0 Definition of Learning Styles
Learning styles is a word that can be defined and understood in various ways, thus, resulting in misunderstanding of the term ‘learning styles’. Learning styles can be assumed as the best method of a child to learn but many fail to understand that catering to students learning styles does not necessarily promise it will lead to an effective learning. Some people may assume that learning style can be easily identified through online test and often takes a student’s learning styles very easily which results in underachievement.
What is the real meaning to the term ‘learning styles’? The term learning styles is a large one; thus it is impracticable to state only one meaning for learning styles. LeFever gave a clear definition of learning styles which is ‘the way in which a person sees or perceives things best and then processes or uses what has been seen’ (1995:17). A student, who faces difficulty in learning or understanding a topic, will be able to absorb the knowledge and learn faster if the teacher uses an approach that caters to the student learning style. Reid (2005) defined learning styles too but the definition was focusing more on the actions upon identifying a student learning style. Reid stated that learning style is all about ‘recognizing the preferences individuals have for learning and in collaboration with learners developing appropriate learning tools, strategies methods and materials to help them succeed’ (2005). Learning styles can be categorized into three main categories which are visual, auditory and kinesthetic.
2.1 Visual Learners
When we talk about visual learner, we should clearly understand that visual learners can be further categorized into two rooms, namely linguistic and spatial. Visual –linguistic learners learn best through the usage of ‘written language’ while visual-spatial learners are totally opposite of...