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What Is Personalized Neuroscience-Based Learning?

Summary

Neuroscience cleary indicates that personalized presentation of curriculae results in measurable improvements in student performance over a standardized approach.

Learning Orientations

There are three basic learning orientations or learner types posited by recent brain research; transforming, performing and conforming. source

Transforming Learners are generally highly motivated, passionate, often persistent even in the face of failure, and highly comitted learners. They most often place great importance on learning ability, committed effort, independence, vision, and intrinsic resources.

Performing Learners are generally self-motivated in learning situations that particularly interest them, otherwise they may seek extrinsic rewards for accomplishing objectives that appear to have less value or benefit to them.

Conforming Learners like routine, structure, supportive relationships, and stability. They generally are more compliant and will more passively accept knowledge, store it, and reproduce it to conform, complete assigned tasks (if they can) and often please and help others. These learners typically prefer to leave the holistic, critical, or analytical thinking to others.

It may be apparent from this brief overview that what works for one learner type is exactly the opposite of what works for another learner.