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Interview 3: Analysis - Research
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The interview with Mrs. Selvan gave us a different point of view on Visual Learning. She proposes that Visual learning may not always be that useful, and would be most useful for a certain group of learners, namely the visual learners. She says that other learners can also benefit from Visual learning because of the variety it provides. Even though certain learners learn better through certain methods, a little variety in the teaching methods would serve to further engage the students and allow for greater information retention.
Visual learning works for most people, thus although she says that there are many types of learners, most of them like visual methods of learning. It is true that it is difficult to engage all the different types of learners, but it is also true with the current linguistic methods of teaching. It does not appeal to all the learner types; visual, audio and tactile are left out. Perhaps we should have more of a hybrid syllabus, where every type of learner is attended to. Since there are a majority of visual learners, however, we should have more visual learning materials. Anyway, all types of learners can benefit from visual learning.
Mrs. Selvan feels that Visual learning should not be just for the aesthetic appeal. It must have something enhanced, something special to it that cannot be done with linguistic learning. She also feels that it should be used for the more abstract concepts which cannot be expressed in words and Visual learning would work better for different subjects. Visual learning is too time consuming and too much resources are used to create it, thus just having an extra aesthetic appeal would not be a good enough advantage to offset the extra effort put into preparing the learning materials.
She also feels that there is a difference in preference of learning method depending on the age of the student, whereas younger learners might prefer the more hands-on and interesting Visual Learning, older students may still prefer the old school method of linguistic learning.
In conclusion, Mrs. Selvan feels that visual learning should not just be used for the cosmetic advantage it has over linguistic learning. It should not be used for the sake of appealing to Visual learners either because there are too many types of learners to attend to or because it requires too many resources to prepare. She feels that in order for it to be used, it should have something that can be done that normal textbook methods cannot teach, such as abstract concepts.
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