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jakt07i1p111 - 111 Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied...

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111 What happens to us in life depends on not just ‘how we’ think, but ‘how well’ we think and learn. Of all the factors that influence an individual, his styles of learning and thinking play a major role. Parents and teachers are able to perceive children and their natural tendencies of how they think, act and learn in different ways and in different situations. For example, one child may welcome structure in learning while another may welcome new ways of doing things. One child may perform tasks in an orderly and systematic pattern and another may perform tasks in an unsystematic pattern. This is due to individual differences in their style of learning and thinking. In academic institutions, learning and teaching processes are mismatched. Teaching and thinking styles of the teachers and learning and thinking styles of students differ because learning differences are not tied up to the understanding and thinking abilities of students. Many educators are still perplexed Styles of Learning and Thinking Kalpana Vengopal and Mridula K Regional Institute of Education (NCERT), Mysore The present study is aimed at examining the hemispheric preferences for information processing and styles of learning and thinking in children. A sample of 250 students of class VIII which included both boys and girls from five English medium schools were selected. The tool Styles of Learning and Thinking was administered. Results revealed that there was significant difference in the right and left (brain) hemisphere preference for information processing among children and that boys were more right hemispheric oriented and girls were more left hemispheric oriented in information processing. Significant difference in the styles of learning and thinking and concept preference among right hemisphere and left hemisphere dominant children was also observed with respect to both genders. about the styles of students in learning and thinking process; what effect these styles have on children’s performance in schools and why attention should be given to children’s performance to assess their levels of ability. Styles depend upon cerebral dominance of an individual in retaining and processing different modes of information in his/her own style of learning and thinking. Style indicates the hemisphericity functions of the brain and students’ learning strategy and information processing are based on the preferences of the brain area (Venkataraman 1994). Hemisphericity is the cerebral dominance of an individual in retaining and processing modes of information on his/her own style of learning and thinking. (Raina, 1984). Researches conducted during the last two decades have shown that the human left cerebral hemisphere is to be specialized for primarily verbal, analytical, abstract, temporal and digital operations (Bogen, 1989; © Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, January 2007, Vol. 33, No.1, 111-118.
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