Freire And Edmundson's Influence On Education

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As we dive into the realm of higher education, one may assume that the primary educational focus is placed on the teacher-student relationship. Teachers-students alike form relationships, as they embark down the educational pathway. It is this relationship that allows teachers alike to influence their pupils learning. In today’s society you can acknowledge that there are many influences that affect people’s perceptions of learning. In their works, both Freire and Edmundson describe what they see as learning influences within educational standards and concepts today. One makes the determination that it is communicative approaches “Education thus becomes an act of depositing, which the students are the depositories and the teacher is the…show more content…
We are a diverse group of people. We all have different views, behaviors, personality and we all learn in different ways. There are those that learn best by listening, those that are more hands-on and physical. There are those that are more visually, socially, or even interpersonally learners. According to the Institute for learning styles research, there are seven learning styles, which facilitate knowledge comprehension. Print, aural, haptic, interactive, kinesthetic, and olfactory are the seven perceptual learning styles they have listed. The print learner is able to understand printed material. The aural learner prefers listening over reading, and a haptic learner is partial to a hands-on approach. But there are also those who learn better from other styles as well. For example, an interactive learner learns best thru verbalization. A kinesthetic learner likes direct involvement, and an olfactory learner is keen to use other senses such as smell and taste to enhance their learning. Learning styles therefore, need to be the center of attention within our educational aim. “It is important for teachers to know the…show more content…
There are a variety of means on how to test different learning styles. They can range from personality traits test to learning style inventories. Kolb’s Learning Style Inventory and Hermann’s Brain Dominance Instrument are just two of the many tests available. “The importance of evaluating students’ learning styles and developing instructional methods that teach to specific learning styles has gained considerable support in the field of education, with many organizations and companies offering professional development courses for teachers and educators focused on the topic of learning styles” (Rogowsky et. al., 2015, p. 13). If we can assess the student’s preferred learning style we would be able to ensure that teachers develop their mode of instruction to match. If match correctly then the student can further be developed in gaining advanced knowledge and understanding. Some may argue that it is impossible to instruct in ways that meet the learning styles of their students, given a class size of a typical college class. I think that if we simply design the courses it would be easy to accompany a vast array of learning styles. For example, if colleges create course work that can be given in print, aurally like a CD, or even an interactive computer program etc. we can definitely match the instruction to the various learning styles of the
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