Simple online learning styles quiz

6 May


A nice little online learning styles quiz from Edutopia that students can complete quickly with no log ins required. It takes about 5 minutes and then the results are calculated visually with a nice table for students to view and see what learning styles they are likely to favour based on Gardener’s multiple intelligences.

After the students have taken the quiz they can screen print their results onto a Word document for future reference and view descriptions of the categories and how they learn. Teachers and tutors could print these categories off and chop them up to give out to small groups afterwards for the groups to discuss and identify with. Additionally, the results can be recorded and used to inform future planning. Just click on the link below.


5 Responses to “Simple online learning styles quiz”

  1. Teaching or Learning (@heutalogy) May 13, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    I completely agree with your last point. It is a real shame that the ‘powers that be’ no longer trust the integrity of educators to make the best decision about what and how to teach.

  2. Teaching or Learning (@heutalogy) May 8, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    I do find the idea of Learning Styles quite interesting, and worthy of discussions, however, should we fixated on using them to group students and labelling them thusly? Coffield, et al. (2004) quite comprehensively demolished the field of Learning Styles as being an unscientific, non-validated hoop to jump through. While many teachers report benefits of considering their practice by including some variety in activity, it isn’t clear whether this is due to the interaction with a student’s learning style, or the fact there is variety!

    But, I guess, as long as senior management, Department for Education and Ofsted want to see evidence of meeting the students’ individual learning styles (whatever they are, or if they exist), then the practice of using them will continue.

    An interesting take can be found here (and a thoroughly thought-provoking website to be explored)

    • theresamarriott May 8, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

      I totally agree with Frank that learning styles questionnaires are pushed within the education system yet seem to be lip service and get filed away almost as soon as they’re done.

      An interesting aspect of learning styles is the notion that a teacher/tutors learning style transfers into a teaching style. My classroom practice revolves around active learning and I’m sure that stems from the fact that I’m a visual and kinaesthetic learner. I guess my learners are lucky!

      • Teaching or Learning (@heutalogy) May 10, 2013 at 9:10 am #

        According to the ‘tests’ I perform equally well across VAK, but I know from personal experience that certain topics lend themselves to different styles. In terms of how it relates to the actual teaching, I’m not sure. It’ll have to be something I look in to further.

        Of course, Prof. John Sharp, keynote at the upcoming GIFHE Learning Conference, showed that VAK is pretty flawed as a theory [VAK or Vak-uous (2008) and The trouble with VAK (2008)] and questioned its validity and acceptance in education. No-one can argue with its prevalence, but maybe the theory behind it should be examined more closely. After all, do we not want our students to be critical thinkers, yet quite often we are happy to accept new ‘strategies’ without questioning them. Just a thought.

      • theresamarriott May 11, 2013 at 10:09 am #

        Thanks for your thoughts. This is a particular area that is crying out for further action based research to determine the validity of learning style theory.

        Unfortunately for practitioners there is little choice as to whether we facilitate the learning styles tests or not as they are embedded within education, with their adoption made mandatory by Ofsted.

        In my experience of working within FE it would appear that the majority of learners prefer active learning and are highly visual; this may be related to social and cultural influence through the mass adoption of media as a main form of communication. Learners now expect learning to focus around the use of all forms of media as standard and become easily bored with traditional didactic teaching methods that were once considered the norm.

        At the end of the day I think common sense and having the ability to judge your audience as an experienced professional is more reliable than administering questionnaires but as educationalists we have to adhere to expected practice.

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