Learning Styles in Group Projects
- Some learn in group settings where the group works together on a project. Instead of direct supervision from a teacher, the group is given a project and asked to present a solution. Members of that group then determine among themselves who will do what tasks in the assignment. Members share information and teach each other about the portions of the subject assigned to each individual group member. In the end, each group member learns about each part of the project instead of just his own section.
- Some group members take longer to see the concepts behind what they are studying. These individuals are more analytic and need examples to help them learn the subject being taught. An analytic learner may question theories frequently until they are explained with examples that she can relate to directly. Once she has had her doubts dismissed through examples and she can see the solution is feasible, she is more likely to accept it as an analytic thinker.
- Some group members may not accept a solution unless they can physically test it. Believing in solutions that are hypothetical and theoretical can be tough for this type of group learner. Such learners may want to be able to work with a model of the solution or see an example of it actually working to be able to accept that the answer is correct. They may also want the opportunity to perform tests to find any faults in the solution.
- An imaginative learner doesn't want to be constrained by limitations in the group when coming up with solutions. He might get frustrated with an analytic or hands-on learner that wants to see practical solutions. The imaginative learner is more willing to create a potential solution to the problem and accept that it will work instead of worrying about the mechanics of making the solution feasible.