Power of Diversity

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· Every one of us has a learning style, thinking style and working style as unique as our fingerprints.

· Parents and schools can now easily identify individual learning styles.

· It is imperative for schools, parents and organizations to cater to those individual differences.

· Unless this happens, millions more will be wrongly classed as school failures because their learning style is not suited to their school's...

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Overview

At its simplest Barbara Prashnig's message is disarmingly clear:

· Every one of us has a learning style, thinking style and working style as unique as our fingerprints.

· Parents and schools can now easily identify individual learning styles.

· It is imperative for schools, parents and organizations to cater to those individual differences.

· Unless this happens, millions more will be wrongly classed as school failures because their learning style is not suited to their school's teaching style.

A fascinating introduction to the concept of learning style and the part they play in every area of our lives. Designed as an easy to read workbook with checklists and exercises to give the reader insight into their own unique learning preferences.

This book is great for anyone interested in improving their success academically, in business, sport or in relationships at work or home.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855391185
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336

Meet the Author

Barbara Prashnig pioneered the introduction of the 'diversity concept' in education training in New Zealand and internationally and is now considered to be one of the world's foremost experts on style diversity. Through the organization she founded, the Creative Learning Company, she has made style assessment instruments available via the internet in seven different languages.

Barbara has now worked for over 12 years as an educator and trainer, introducing her pioneering concept of learning and working styles into educational institutions and businesses throughout New Zealand and around the world. In this book, she presents her tried and tested findings and offers new ways of catering for the great diversity in students, helping teachers and parents alike.

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Table of Contents

Author's Note

Introduction and a Personal 'Thank You'

Preface by Gordon Dryden

Recommendations for Using this Book

CHAPTER 1: The State of the Art

  1. Learners — and endangered species
  2. Mission impossible — love of learning for everyone?
  3. Learn, teach and live is style
  4. A new success breed — lifelong learners in their own style

CHAPTER 2: Diversity is our Strength

  1. Getting to know yourself and others
  2. There is no one like me, no one like you — the joy of being different
  3. Left brain—right brain — get your head together
  4. Learning styles — genetics or conditioning?
  5. Do we need scientific evidence?
  6. Dr Ken Dunn — how to release your personal power

CHAPTER 3: Learning Styles — A Quiet Revolution

  1. Old and new beliefs about learning and teaching
  2. Please, respect my individuality
  3. Paradigm shifts — signs of our times
  4. The new paradigm of teaching and learning
  5. School learning will never be the same
  6. Pioneers at work — from New Zealand to Sweden to the UK
  7. Mike Scaddan — a principal's view on learning styles
  8. Students, parents and teachers say it in style
  9. Implementing learning styles — an Action Plan

CHAPTER 4: The LSA — A Revolutionary Instrument

  1. Discover your students' learning styles
  2. What is the Learning Style Analysis (LSA)?
  3. How the LSA works
  4. LSA Junior and Senior Versions
  5. Group profiles — a new tool for classroom teachers
  6. How to use results from the LSA
  7. Practical applications for better teaching
  8. Finding out what makes students tick

CHAPTER 5: Too Many Provocations?

  1. There are no learning disabilities — only teaching disabilities
  2. Underachievement — the unnecessary disease in our schools
  3. Learning styles of underachievers
  4. School is hell for touch-dominant/tactile students
  5. Dropout candidates — highly kinaesthetic students
  6. Misfits, slow learners and school failures
  7. 'Gifted' students have significantly different learning styles
  8. Analytic and holistic students exist worlds apart
  9. And teachers live in a world of their own!

CHAPTER 6: Don't Teach Me — Let Me Learn!

  1. Learning styles and information intake
  2. Why students need to know their learning styles
  3. The Learning Style Analysis (LSA) — a study prescription
  4. Help, my teacher doesn't understand my learning style!
  5. Learning style tools for lasting learning success
  6. Techniques to achieve creative, accelerated learning

Relaxation/visualization

Centring exercises

Brain Gym® (callisthenics)

Mind Mapping®

Suggestopedia

  1. The mind is a sponge and music is the squeeze
  2. Want to have a ball in learning? Use a Koosh ball!
  3. 'The Journey' — a business course for high school students

CHAPTER 7: The New Look of Learning and Teaching

  1. What has gone wrong in education?
  2. The way you learn is the way you teach
  3. Mismatches between teaching and learning styles
  4. More provocations for better classroom management
  5. Secrets for successful teaching — flexibility and matching styles
  6. Quality schools and quality teaching
  7. Many ways of being intelligent
  8. Staff training in style — how to increase motivation and skills

CHAPTER 8: Learning Styles are Life Styles

  1. How you learn and work is how you live
  2. Some things never change — the real YOU
  3. Match and mismatch — where do you fit?
  4. Redefining the 'normal' — dare to be different
  5. Do you have a quality life?

CHAPTER 9: Opposites Attract

  1. Partner choice and personal styles
  2. When attractions become repellents
  3. That's not what I meant!
  4. I just can't understand you!
  5. Conflict resolution — 'NewStyle'
  6. A true love story in style

CHAPTER 10: Parents, Children and Their Styles

  1. Like father — like son?
  2. This is such an easy child!
  3. Homework — the never-ending battle in some families
  4. Messy rooms — minefields in our family homes
  5. I wish I could bring up my children all over again!
  6. Learning styles as new family therapy

CHAPTER 11: Make Changes in Style

  1. Breaking an old myth — no pain, no gain
  2. Acceptance — the first step to change
  3. The more you know, the more you can know
  4. Out of chaos comes new order
  5. Flexible is beautiful
  6. Get familiar with your new self
  7. See how far you have come — a checklist for change

CHAPTER 12: Out to an Exciting Future

  1. The new drug of education
  2. The 'School of the Future' based on learning styles
  3. Nine steps to being a change agent in your school
  4. Unity through diversity — is it possible?
  5. Focus on strengths and manage weaknesses
  6. Know who you want to become and go for it!
  7. Walk your talk — dance your story — celebrate your glory!
  8. And there is still so much more to learn

Conclusion

References

Bibliography and Further Reading

Appendix I: CLC Training Programmes

Appendix II: How to order CLC Products

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