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Everyone has a unique style of learning, thinking and working. However, very few people learn or work in a way which is best for them. The Power of Diversity has been written to help people discover their preferred way of learning and in turn to help them to succeed in life.
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The Power of Diversity: New Ways of Learning and Teaching Through Learning Styles by Barbara Prashnig

Everyone has a unique style of learning, thinking and working. Very few people, however, learn or work in a way which is best for them and the way their brain works. The Power of Diversity has been written to help people discover their preferred way of learning and, in turn, to help them and their children succeed at school. Barbara Prashnig has now worked for over 12 years as an educator and trainer, introducing her pioneering concept of learning and working styles into educational institutions and businesses throughout New Zealand and around the world. Based on her extensive professional experience, the author presents in this book her tried and tested findings and offers new ways of catering for the great diversity in students, helping teachers and parents alike. Designed as an easy-to-read workbook, it introduces the concept of learning styles and explains the importance these styles play in the still ongoing learning revolution in education, business and parenting. There are also examples from schools in various countries that have adopted Barbara's work, and the results of their efforts to incorporate diverse learning strategies are discussed. The unique 'suggestopedic' layout, with narrower columns of text for speed reading, and the left-hand page graphics, thoughts and exercises to make the reader aware of their own learning styles, make this book both fun to read and useful. The Power of Diversity has become a 'must read' for parents, teachers, trainers and anyone who is interested in human development and learning.

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The Power of Diversity Reviews

"I love this book. It delivers a vital message of hope that is desperately needed by millions of students and parents around the world. Those are the millions who are stupidly and wrongly condemned to fail at school whey they can just as easily succeed."

Gordon Dryden, co-author of "The Learning Revolution "

About Barbara Prashnig

Barbara Prashnig was born and lived in Austria until she migrated with her family to New Zealand in 1985. She was appointed the youngest professor in her home country and worked there as a teacher/trainer for 17 years; has a double MA degree in Educational Sciences and English; studies suggestopedia with Dr G. Lozanov (the father of accelerated learning) and learning styles with the Dunns in New York; and has pioneered the introduction of the 'diversity concept' in education training in New Zealand and internationally. She is now considered to be one of the world's foremost experts on style diversity, and through the organization she founded, the Creative Learning Company, has made style assessment instruments available via the internet in seven different languages. When Barbara is not travelling the world, she lives in Auckland with her husband and her daughter, who also works with her.

Table of Contents

Author's Note; Introduction and a Personal 'Thank You'; Preface by Gordon Dryden; Recommendations for Using this Book. CHAPTER 1 The State of the Art: 1.Learners - and endangered species; 2.Mission impossible - love of learning for everyone?; 3.Learn, teach and live is style; 4.A new success breed - lifelong learners in their own style. CHAPTER 2 Diversity is our Strength: 1.Getting to know yourself and others; 2.There is no one like me, no one like you - the joy of being different; 3.Left brain-right brain - get your head together; 4.Learning styles - genetics or conditioning?; 5.Do we need scientific evidence?; 6.Dr Ken Dunn - how to release your personal power.; CHAPTER 3 Learning Styles - A Quiet Revolution: 1.Old and new beliefs about learning and teaching; 2.Please, respect my individuality; 3.Paradigm shifts - signs of our times; 4.The new paradigm of teaching and learning; 5.School learning will never be the same; 6.Pioneers at work - from New Zealand to Sweden to the UK; 7.Mike Scaddan - a principal's view on learning styles; 8.Students, parents and teachers say it in style; 9.Implementing learning styles - an Action Plan.; CHAPTER 4 The LSA - A Revolutionary Instrument: 1.Discover your students' learning styles; 2.What is the Learning Style Analysis (LSA)?; 3.How the LSA works; 4.LSA Junior and Senior Versions; 5.Group profiles - a new tool for classroom teachers; 6.How to use results from the LSA; 7.Practical applications for better teaching; 8.Finding out what makes students tick. CHAPTER 5 Too Many Provocations?: 1.There are no learning disabilities - only teaching disabilities; 2.Underachievement - the unnecessary disease in our schools; 3.Learning styles of underachievers; 4.School is hell for touch-dominant/tactile students; 5.Dropout candidates - highly kinaesthetic students; 6.Misfits, slow learners and school failures; 7.'Gifted' students have significantly different learning styles; 8.Analytic and holistic students exist worlds apart; 9.And teachers live in a world of their own!. CHAPTER 6 Don't Teach Me - Let Me Learn!: 1.Learning styles and information intake; 2.Why students need to know their learning styles; 3.The Learning Style Analysis (LSA) - a study prescription; 4.Help, my teacher doesn't understand my learning style!; 5.Learning style tools for lasting learning success; 6.Techniques to achieve creative, accelerated learning; Relaxation/visualization; Centring exercises; Brain Gym(R) (callisthenics); Mind Mapping(R); Suggestopedia; 7.The mind is a sponge and music is the squeeze; 8.Want to have a ball in learning? Use a Koosh ball!; 9.'The Journey' - a business course for high school students. CHAPTER 7 The New Look of Learning and Teaching: 1.What has gone wrong in education?; 2.The way you learn is the way you teach; 3.Mismatches between teaching and learning styles; 4.More provocations for better classroom management; 5.Secrets for successful teaching - flexibility and matching styles; 6.Quality schools and quality teaching; 7.Many ways of being intelligent; 8.Staff training in style - how to increase motivation and skills. CHAPTER 8 Learning Styles are Life Styles: 1.How you learn and work is how you live; 2.Some things never change - the real YOU; 3.Match and mismatch - where do you fit?; 4.Redefining the 'normal' - dare to be different; 5.Do you have a quality life?; ; CHAPTER 9 Opposites Attract: 1.Partner choice and personal styles; 2.When attractions become repellents; 3.That's not what I meant!; 4.I just can't understand you!; 5.Conflict resolution - 'NewStyle'; 6.A true love story in style. CHAPTER 10 Parents, Children and Their Styles: 1.Like father - like son?; 2.This is such an easy child!; 3.Homework - the never-ending battle in some families; 4.Messy rooms - minefields in our family homes; 5.I wish I could bring up my children all over again!; 6.Learning styles as new family therapy. CHAPTER 11 Make Changes in Style: 1.Breaking an old myth - no pain, no gain; 2.Acceptance - the first step to change; 3.The more you know, the more you can know; 4.Out of chaos comes new order; 5.Flexible is beautiful; 6.Get familiar with your new self; 7.See how far you have come - a checklist for change. CHAPTER 12 Out to an Exciting Future: 1.The new drug of education; 2.The 'School of the Future' based on learning styles; 3.Nine steps to being a change agent in your school; 4.Unity through diversity - is it possible?; 5.Focus on strengths and manage weaknesses; 6.Know who you want to become and go for it!; 7.Walk your talk - dance your story - celebrate your glory!; 8.And there is still so much more to learn. Conclusion; References; Bibliography and Further Reading; Appendix I CLC Training Programmes; Appendix II How to order CLC Products.

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The Power of Diversity: New Ways of Learning and Teaching Through Learning Styles by Barbara Prashnig
Barbara Prashnig
Visions of Education S.
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