Learning Is (Not) Fun

Every student learns in a different way. There are a variety of different learning styles. There are auditory learners who learn by listening, visual learners who learn by seeing things like videos or graphs, and kinesthetic learners who learn by touching or doing the thing which they are trying to learn. While most people are a combination there is a dominant style that people tend to learn better with. I personally am a visual learner with a non-dominancy in kinesthetic learning. There are a number of different tests you can take to find out what kind of learner you are.

http://www.howtolearn.com/learning-styles-quiz/ (A link to a learning style quiz)

Even with all these different learning styles most classes are taught using the “banking” system coined by Paulo Freire that can be defined as “the teacher issues communiqués and makes deposits which the students patiently receive, memorize, and repeat. This is the “banking” concept of education, in which the scope of action allowed to students extends only as far as receiving, filing, and storing the deposits” (page 1). The distribution of this information is often in the form of a lecture that only caters to a portion of the different learning styles. While it might be difficult to incorporate each style into a single class there are many solutions to help prevent the “banking” system from taking over more than it already has. The most reasonable thing that I can think of to solve this problem is to have a different category of class.

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For example if you enroll for a class next semester a majority if not all of them will say “LEC” for lecture with the occasional “LAB” but, that’s only if you take a science class. The easiest way to limit the number of “banking” system classes would be to offer other classes Each student could enroll for the class they thought would be most fitting to their learning style. Another thing that would help students to find the best class that fits their learning style would be to include the class syllabus to see what is expected for the class. With just a couple improvements the classic lecture style classes could be eliminated or at least limited for those people who learn in that environment. There are also other methods to limit the “banking” system such as “problem posing” as mentioned by Freirse. No matter what thae change I think it would be a change for the better in the educational system.

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