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close this bookTeacher Training: a Training Guide (Peace Corps, 1986, 249 p.)
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Self Concept



There are nine sets of four words listed below. Rank order the words in each set by assigning a 4 to the word which best characterizes your learning style, a 3 to the word which next best characterizes your learning style, a 2 to the next most characteristic word, and a 1 to the word which is least characteristic of you as a reamer.

You may find it hard to choose the words that best characterize your learning style. Nevertheless, keep in mind that there are no right or wrong answers-all the choices are equally acceptable. The aim of the inventory is to describe how you ream, not to evaluate your learning ability.

Be sure to assign a different rank number to each of the four words in each set; do not make ties.



The four columns of words above correspond to the four reaming style scales: CE, RO, AC, and AK. To compute your scale scores, write your rank numbers in the boxes below only for the designated items. For example, in the third column (AC), you would fill in the rank number-c you have assigned to items 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, ant 9. Compute your scale scores by adding the rank numbers for each set of boxes

Score items

LEARNING STYLE PROFILE Norms for the Learning Style Inventory

A high score on Concrete Experience represents a receptive, experience-based approach to learning that relies heavily on feeling-based judgments. High CE individuals tend to be e empathetic ant “people oriented.” They generally find theoretical approaches to be unhelpful and prefer to treat each situation as a unique case. They learn best from specific examples in which they can become involved. Individuals who emphasize Concrete Experience tend to be oriented more towards peers and less towards authority in their approach to learning and benefit most from feedback and discussion with fellow CE learners.

A high score on Abstract Conceptualization indicates an analytical, conceptual approach to learning that relies heavily on logical thinking and rational evaluation. High AC individuals tend to be oriented more towards things and symbols and less towards other people. They learn best in authority-directed. impersonal reaming situations that emphasize theory and systematic analysis. They arc frustrated by and benefit little from unstructured “discovery” reaming approaches like exercises and simulations.

A high score on Active Experimentation indicates an active, “doing” orientation to learning that relies heavily on experimentation. High AE individuals learn best when they can engage in such things as projects, homework, or small group discussions. They dislike passive learning situation such as lectures. These individuals tend to be extroverts.

A high score on Reflective Observation indicates a tentative, impartial and reflective approach to reaming. High RO individuals rely heavily on careful observation in making judgments, and prefer learning situations such as lectures that allow them to take the role of impartial objective observers. These individuals tend to be introverts.

SESSION 3 - Approaches to Teaching