The Style to Content Learning Preferences Inventory is a research-based, online program that assesses 10 key learning preferences. The program begins with a preferences inventory, which is comparable to a learning styles survey. When completed, the inventory provides useful insight into ways students prefer to learn and serves as a worthwhile complement to teacher observation of students in the classroom. Students’ learning preferences are fluid and change over time. Just as students are expected to accumulate more knowledge and skills, they should also be expanding their approaches to learning. Children come to schools from many cultures and experiences with varied attitudes about learning. With the growing diversity among student populations, more attention must be given to diversifying curriculum and instruction. Style to Content helps fulfill that purpose.
Notable among student differences are the approaches by which they prefer to learn. For example, some students are more inclined to be visual or auditory learners; some students prefer to work more independently than others. It is increasingly important that educators take students’ backgrounds into consideration in developing instructional programs that best meet students’ needs. Teachers can accomplish this by structuring lesson activities that first meet students’ demonstrated preferences and then transitioning into other preferences. Teachers may also construct lessons that feature activities that include multiple preferences and then utilize grouping and individualization to address varied students’ learning modes.
Today there is so much focus on the WHAT students learn. Just as important, and often overlooked, is the HOW students learn. The Style to Content Learning Preferences Inventory provides a convenient tool to teachers to meet students where they are and adjust instruction to expand ways students learn in the future.
BENEFITS TO TEACHERS:
- Helps teachers increase their repertoire of teaching techniques and methodologies – for imparting knowledge and skills.
- Helps teachers enhance instructional practices.
- Provides teachers insight into teaching techniques.
- Expands teachers’ teaching preferences.
- Helps teachers with lesson planning and arranging classroom.
- Helps teachers individualize and group instruction.
- Helps address students’ cultures and backgrounds.
- Helps teachers in structuring and sequencing content.
- Enables teachers to better meet the learning needs of all students.
BENEFITS FOR STUDENTS:
- Helps students increase their repertoire of learning preferences and techniques – for obtaining knowledge and skills.
- Helps students enhance ability to build on strengths.
- Provides students a foundation to expand approaches to learning.
- Helps students establish more meaningful connection with instruction.
- Provides students increased insight into how they learn.
- Helps student increase academic achievement.