VARK Learning Styles and the Multimodal Learner

Students may learn in differing ways; while a class discussion may aid absorption, processing and assimilation of information for one student another may benefit from reading an article and another from watching a video clip. The work of Fleming and Baume (2006) identified four main learning styles; visual, aural or auditory, read/write and kinesthetic. These each refer to the dominant source of learning from which information will be most efficiently absorbed by the student. These four learning styles lead to a fifth style; multimodal, a style which may be observed when a student does not have a single dominant learning input, but two or more dominant input sources. To appreciate the way in which students learn, and to place each of the learning style in context a brief overview of each style will be presented. This can be used to perform a...
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