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Identifying Your Learning Style

Identifying Your Learning Style

Author: UKy UndergraduateEd

Complete a learning styles inventory to  identify your top two multiple intelligences and begin to apply that knowledge to  observing intelligences in others.  Identifying various styles of intelligence of a particular community such as a group of friends or classmates will facilitate greater communication, the ability to share ideas and solve group problems. Take home message is  that people are intelligent in different ways.

This activity focuses on how people learn best, and how each of us has "multiple intelligences." This awareness can facilitate group dynamics and management of problem-solving tasks.  As the author, Marty Henton of the UK Art Department, puts it: "For me one very important aspect of this activity is the ‘real-life’ connections.  I stress this during our projects in my classes because it sets a tone for the rest of the semester. This reinforces the concept that we have similarities but we are unique and have differences and this impacts how we learn and ultimately work in the real world.  If we can understand, early how we learn then it seems to me that we are in a better place to understand the contributions that we make through creative problem solving in the leaning environment and the workforce."

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This exercise was developed by Marty Henton, Lecturer in the Art Department, University of Kentucky's College of Fine Arts.  It was originally developed for use in the classroom to fulfill the Intellectual Inquiry: Arts & Creativity area in the University's general education program, UK Core.  Courses in this area are hands-on courses that allow students to engage actively with the creative process that provides learning opportunities through discovery, discussion and collaboration.

In this exercise, you will identify your top two multiple intelligences (M.I.) after taking an M.I. test.  Then, in a learning community, you can discuss the various intelligences - and in a group work assignment, solve a problem with all the intelligences represented. This activity facilitates problem solving and learning within a community (group) as it relates to real-world/real-work situations. Ideally, in future, by knowing how multiple intelligences work, you can work collaboratively with your peers in a participatory activity that employs problem-solving strategies. This learning object has been adapted for self-study.

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(1) Introduction: Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles

Watch an excerpt from the author Howard Gardner on the theory of Multiple Intelligences in the context of learning and education. After the video you will have an opportunity to take the MI test to identify your various intelligences and begin to look for the various types of intelligences your friends and classmates exhibit.

(2) Activity: Identify your stengths and intelligences?

Follow this link on Edutopia to take the MI Test and see what your  multiple intelligences are.  Edutopia

(3) Apply your Knowledge

Download and print the pdf to complete the two activities.


(4) Self- Assessment

Reflect on these questions

a) Identify the various intelligences, according to Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences recognizing that people possess all of the intelligences in some capacity with some having been identified as stronger.

b)  Explain why it takes all intelligences to create a community.

c)   Explain how  collaborating with others enables you to expand their awareness of the world and those around them.

Source: Henton, S ( 2012). Presentation notes. University of Kentucky, Art Education.

(5) Additional Resources

Fralick, M. "Know Your Learning Style." College Success 1.

Fralick, M. "Learning Style and Intelligence." College Success 1.

Ganley, S. (2010). "Working Effectively in a Group of Different Learning Styles and Personality Types." Yahoo! Voices.

Giles, E., Pitre, S., Womack, S. (2012). "Multiple intelligences and learning styles." University of Georgia.

"Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences."

"Learning Styles, Take Your Test."

Russell, D. (2012). "Multiple Intelligences - Learning Styles." Mathematics,