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Touch and Go: Beyond Audio-Visual

Author: Andrew KoKe

Type: Conference Presentation


One “theory of learning” that is gaining widespread support among cognitive scientists is that of learning modalities, which are the preferences that a student might have for a particular sensory experience, such as visual, auditory, and haptic. Visual learners learn best when receiving data via the sense of sight, auditory learners prefer hearing information, and haptic learners prefer touching or moving. Individuals often have a mild preference for one or two of these, but occasionally someone has an extreme preference for one over the others to the point that the individual is at a disadvantage if this learning need is not met. While I would agree that visual and auditory information dissemination are the principle means of communicating new data efficiently, I would also suggest that the incorporation of momentary haptic activities judiciously inserted into the lesson plan will both appeal to and help the haptic learners in the history classroom and generally encourage greater attention and activity on the part of all students.

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