Practical Application and Utilization of the Individual Learning Profile in Designing Effective Instruction

By Deborah A. Stevens-Smith and Simon Olding.

Published by The International Journal of Technologies in Learning

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This paper looks at the use and application of the Individual Learning Profile in measuring the hemispheric preferences of students. The purpose of the web-based version of the ILP analysis is to discover each student’s natural learning style, by identifying the dominant eye, ear, hand, foot and brain hemisphere. This information is used to create learning environments that stimulate, motivate and engage students. The ILP identifies the optimal teaching styles that match the dominant learning style of one student, a group, or an entire class. The idea that one side of the brain may be dominant in controlling movements of hands, feet, eyes, and ears, and that individuals have a preference that informs how they move and learn, impacts the educational environment. A sampling of the data that has been collected to validate the ILP will be used to demonstrate the vast amount of information that can be acquired from the ILP reports and on-line assessment. The instrument has the potential to provide a connection between the side of the body we favor for seeing, hearing, touching, and moving and the way we think, learn, work, play, and relate to others.

Keywords: Hemispheric Dominance, Learning Styles, Preferences

The International Journal of Technologies in Learning, Volume 22, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.29-42. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 11, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 610.747KB)).

Dr. Deborah A. Stevens-Smith

Professor, Eugene T. Moore School of Education, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA

Simon Olding

Founder of AchievementInMind, Achievement in Mind, Bedfordshire, UK