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Workshop 1 Compensatory Work
Workshop one touched on Mentor Preparation for the Health Care Professional and looked into adult learners and how they best learn by reviewing the different learning styles. I have done further reading to gain a greater understanding of the differing learning styles so I can reflect upon and identify my own learning style. Peterson, (2012) explains that adult learners learn best when they understand why it is important to know something. Whereas Knowels, (1990) states that adult learners are motivated strongly by self direction and independence in the learning process.
I have become aware that to become a good mentor I firstly need to know and understand my own learning style and secondly the learning style of my allocated student, so that I can approach a learning technique that is appropriate for that student, to enable me to encourage their skills. (Honey & Munford, 1992) suggest you should allow the students learning style to influence your choice of teaching method, which I feel is a valid point as it would not be appropriate to teach a student who learns through an Activist approach to sit and read the literature and then expect them to go off and carry out the task competently, although (Barstable, 2003) believes students should also be encouraged to diversify.
There are many identified adult learning styles, but there are two highly documented styles which I have studied and one is the Kolb’s experimental cycle, developed by Kolb (1984) taken from (Neary, 2000) which is based on the works by Dewey (1938). Kolb (1984) taken from (Neary, 2000) developed a learning cycle that demonstrates how learners show an understanding through both Connotation a way of learning through reflection, what the experience means to the student and Denotation to test an act in the practice setting. (See sub appendix 1)
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