April J. Bundy
Grand Canyon University: 429V Family Health Promotions
July 9, 2011
VARK stands for visual, auditory, reading and writing and kinesthetic learners. When using VARK a person must understand that the questionnaire alerts people to the variety of different approaches to learning. It supports those who have been having difficulties with their learning and has particular applications in business, sport, training and education. This model focuses on the best way for a student to learn and retain new information based on sensory modality. (Fleming, 2011) When a student knows his/her learning style preferences, he/she is able to learn more effectively and store and recall the information being taught.
“The last group in the four part typology is the group who like to experience their learning by using all their senses, including touch, hearing, smell, taste and sight. This group is regularly described in the literature as kinesthetic (K). They want concrete, multi-sensory experiences in their learning. Although learning by doing matches their needs they can easily learn conceptual and abstract material provided it arrives with suitable analogies, real life examples, or metaphors. They learn theory through its application.” (Fleming, 1995)
Upon taking this test, I realized that I have a strong kinesthetic preference for learning. To take in the information I prefer to uses all my senses – sight, touch, taste, smell, and hearing. (Fleming, 2011) People with a kinesthetic preference for learning seem to do best with laboratories, field trips, field tours, and examples of principles, lecturers who give real-life examples, hands-on approaches, trial and error, exhibits, samples, photographs, and many other forms of learning.
“Kinesthetic learners learn best by moving their...