diverging learning style
Visualizer-verbalizer learners learn by either visualizing or verbalizing. More specifically, visualizer learners learn through visualization or seeing while verbalizer learners lean by verbalizing, reading or hearing. In this case, learners are likely to make maximum use of their ability if they understand what type of learner they are. Understanding oneself makes it easy to select the tools which are most suitable for one’s learning style, thus the learning process is made easier. Kolb’s theory of learning (popularly known as experiential learning) centers on the internal learning processes of the learner which are as a result of experience. According to Kolb, learning is an endless process that can be broken into four stages (Kolb, 2014). The four stages are: experience, reflection, conceptualization, and testing or experimentation of what has been learned. Kolb further suggested the four styles of learning namely diverging, assimilating, converging, and accommodating. Under diverging learning style, a learner views situations from various points of view, reflects and usually works with others to arrive at a solution.
Assimilating learning style makes use of reflections to come up with solutions while converging style of learning explores various ideas and thoughts to find a solution to an issue. Under the accommodating learning style, there is a more hands-on and active learning approach which focuses on trial and error to get a solution for a given problem. Stenberg’s theory of learning applies a cognitive method to learning and intelligence. Here, three components contribute to the learning process. These include analytical, practical, and creative skills from which individuals attain and make use of knowledge (Zizek, Garz, & Nowak, 2015). Essentially, Stenberg suggests that intelligence can be viewed on an individual’s ability to adjust to the fluctuating situations. He opposed intelligence measures such as IQ tests for the simple reason that they do not measure all the three components of learning.
Kolb, D. A. (2014). Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: FT Press.
Zizek, B., Garz, D., & Nowak, E. (2015). Kohlberg Revisited. Berlin, Germany: Springer.
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