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Applying Learning Styles to Engage a Diversity of Learners and Behavioral Problems in Anatomy Education

  • Mark TerrellEmail author
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Abstract

The integration of learning styles helps anatomy educators meet the diverse needs of healthcare students who can later apply these learning styles to learn about and teach to diverse patients they encounter in the clinic. A learning style is a set of cognitive and psychosocial characteristics influencing how learners perceive, interact with, and respond to a learning environment. The study of learning styles uses two models of thought. The cognitive model examines how learners process information in the brain and extrapolates educational strategies to the classroom and includes Gardner’s multiple intelligences and Kolb’s experiential learning styles. The psychosocial model uses classroom observations of interactions between educators and learners to derive learning styles, including the VARK learning styles and the work of Grasha. Some learners exhibit problematic behaviors that prevent learning, requiring the educator to apply the principle of patient centeredness to address the behavioral deficiencies. Finally, six learning style principles specific for anatomy education are synthesized from the analysis of the aforementioned learning styles.

Keywords

Learning Style Teaching Style Patient Centeredness Multiple Intelligence Unprofessional Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lake Erie College of Osteopathic MedicineErieUSA

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