Wednesday, May 31, 2006

TIPP Learning Styles

Last week, all of the instructors at the school where I teach had to take an online test to assess our learning styles. This was a new model for me, called TIPP (Traditional, Ideational, Playful, Personal). The idea is that as learners, all of us have elements of these styles when we learn, although some will be stronger than others.

I scored as Traditional Personal, with a visual preference.

Traditional = values safety and rules. This learner needs to be told what to do and how. "What are the instructions?" They ask and observe first, and then act.

Personal = values relationships. For this type of learner, it's all about personal connections. Personal learners relate first, and then act.

Playful = values experimentation. This learner creates his or her own rules. They act first, and then reflect.

Ideational = values theory and concepts. This learner creates his or her rules. This person thinks and then observes, but may never act.

These qualities are then balanced by the VKA -- visual, kinesthetic or auditory. Do you learn best by seeing, doing/touching, hearing?

The difficulty with taking any of these types of tests, is that if you have any idea where it's going, it can be very easy to skew the results.

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