The current school system teaches students to compete with each other, why is that?
Students with a divergent learning style best suits the observation of a specific situation, they are imaginative, emotional and most successful in generating ideas. They prefer to work in a group and are open to receiving feedback.
Students with an assimilating learning style have the ability to understand a lot of information and compress it in a logical form, they are less focused on people and more on abstract ideas. They prefer reading, lecture, analysis and reflection.
Students with a convergent learning style are the best in finding practical application of ideas and theories. They prefer technical tasks, new ideas, simulations and the like.
Students with a accommodative learning style are the best at implementing plans, including new and challenging experiences. Their actions are determined by feelings rather than logical analysis, preferring to work with others on goal setting and field work.
In David Kolb's book: Experiential learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development(affiliate link) he describes two ways of gaining experience: concrete experience and abstract conceptualization, and two ways of transforming experience: reflective observation and active experimentation. Combining these two dimensions results in four different learning styles: diverging, assimilative, convergent and accommodative. According to this theory, learning is a process in which knowledge is created by transforming experiences that takes place in these four stages, in other words learning is based on observation and reflection. Reflecting on the acquisition of these habits into abstract concepts from which to draw new implications will actively serve as a guideline in creating new experiences.
Building a student's social skills and attitude is just as important as reading, writing and arithmetic.
All four learning styles can be mastered and should be used accordingly to the challenge presented before us. It is wrong to encourage an individual approach throughout education and then demand that people work as a team throughout their professional career. These principles needs to be taught from the start in order for people to build trust and reliance. The school system needs to embrace his student's diversities and encourage its students to pursue their ambitions, embolden the importance of purpose and working together to overcome difficulties.
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