Electronic tool for diagnosis of learning styles & cognitive processes for older children

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(from 11 to 14 years old)

A multidimensional electronic tool will be designed for diagnosis of the preferred learning style and cognitive processes of children and adolescents at school age (11 to 14 years old). Theoretical base and assumption of O2 are the same as O1 (see IO1). The tool will provide a pupil with accurate diagnosis of the preferred learning style and cognitive processes to tailor teaching methodology to the individual needs and possibilities of a pupil. This diagnosis would inform teacher how to work with a student to reveal his potential and develop his abilities. At the same time, parents will get information how to support the development of their children in learning process. The development of the part of O2 focused on learning style diagnosis will be based on three concepts presented in the section dedicated to O1.

The tool will have the form of self-assessment of own cognitive function and a preferred learning style.

In addition, the tool will include a number of executive tasks (logic puzzles, mathematics, rebuses, labyrinths, etc.).

It will be a standardized tool prepared according to the psychometric approach so it will be objective, standardized, accurate, reliable and normalized tool to meet all conditions and requirements for professional psychological tests defined by the Psychological Testing Laboratory of the Polish Psychology Association or the American Psychology Association (APA). The tool will automatically generate individual feedback on the subject of the student’s dominant learning style and cognitive abilities (e.g. attention focus, short-term memory, long-term, spatial imagination, creativity, analysis and synthesis, logical thinking, abstract thinking, cause-and-effect thinking, thinking by analogy, perceptiveness). Based on the diagnosis results, the generated report will contain a number of hints for a student (how to learn effectively) and for parents and teachers (how to teach the child effectively and support his development).

The tool will be accompanied by a manual containing a description of the construction procedure, its psychometric properties and practical tips on how to use the test and its results.

The proposed tool will allow for a reliable and free diagnosis of cognitive processes and learning styles, without specialist involvement (psychologist, educator). Diagnosis with an innovative tool will be easily available via Internet without any physical barriers. The tool eliminates the barriers related to universal access of children and young people to specialists who carry out the diagnosis. The test would be accessible online via computer, laptop or smartphone, thus constituting a handy tool for those who otherwise could not benefit from professional services. In addition, the automatically generated report gives children, parents and teachers extensive knowledge about the specificity of cognitive processes and learning styles along with proposed guidelines on how to work with a child. It will allow a pupil to function more effectively in education process as it will speed up the learning process, help to overcome school failures and it will positively impact on self-esteem and self-efficacy of children and young people. The proposed tool would also support students with special educational needs to fulfil the educational obligations, not to drop out of the educational system, which could result in social exclusion.

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