Monday, August 9, 2010

learning style-ub==inherent or developed?

“She has never seen the sunshine... but she’s gettin’ along just fine”

-Gnarles Barkley ~ Blind Mary

This quote comes from a song I am currently listening to while studying chinese and enjoying a nice saturday off.

I was thinking about my own beloved friends and how I havent written a blog in farrrrr too long. (rolled “r”s or rhoticized are both acceptable in this pronunciation at this point and time ^_^)

Random thought inspired by that lyric: Is it possible that a traditionally considered ‘disabled person’ (deaf, blind etc.) would have a learning style that lines up with their disability? For example ~ what a sad hand of cards to be dealt if you learn best through an auditory (listening based) learning style when you yourself are deaf. Or for the blind - what if you are visually oriented?

So the question that I have for everyone is - what do you think: are learning styles inherent or developed?

Also - consider the scenario where a person loses a sense that is linked to their learning style after birth (at any stage of development from infancy to elderly status). What impact does that have on one’s personal development?

Hmm... I was intrigued.

1 comment:

  1. I'm guessing that if you lose a sense that's linked to your learning style, you adapt. Most of us have a secondary learning style. E.g., I'm auditory-kinesthetic. If I couldn't hear, the kinesthetic side would kick in more (which would be appropriate, since I'd be learning ASL as fast as I possibly could). I have no idea if learning styles are inherent or learned, though. I think there's probably quite a few arguments for inherency, but I know it's possible to learn using a style that isn't necessarily yours, and I would think that constantly using it over time would make you more able to learn with that style.