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Research reveals there are very few students with "learning disabilities". Most problems can be eliminated by simple adjustments to a student's learning environment. For example, studies show 57% of students were seen to be sensing, yet most classroom instruction is keyed to intuitive learners. Approximately 67% are active processors, but their instruction is reflective. Such conditions as the time of day that difficult classes are taught or the environment a student uses to complete his/her homework can have profound impact.

Every individual prefers to learn and concentrate in a different way. Information intake is greatly enhanced when people can think, work, or concentrate under favored conditions. The Learning Style Analysis and Teaching Style Analysis are new assessment instruments derived from the original Dunn & Dunn Learning style model, expanded by Barbara Prashnig of the Creative Learning Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. They allow students and teachers to discover the student's preferred learning styles so the impact of teaching can be increased. By responding to a series of questions about themselves, students receive a computer generated personal profile plus a LSA report that allows them to identify individual strengths and personal preferences for learning and information intake. Through this analysis they learn how to recognize and control the elements that enhance their attempts to solve problems, concentrate, learn and work more efficiently and with greater satisfaction. If personal preferences are being matched in learning environments, they become people's strengths and improve their productivity, consistency and quality of performance. Class group profiles are also provided that allow teachers to place students in peer or larger groups compatible with their learning styles and thereby exponentially increase the value of instruction and group projects. The LSA is tailored for students 7 - 12 years of age and senior students 13 - 17 years old.

The Teaching Style Analysis (TSA) is a similar tool for teachers. It is the world's first computerized assessment for educators to reveal personal teaching styles and their success rates with varying types of students. Assessing someone's teaching style provides an invaluable foundation to identify style matches and mismatches between students and teachers. Adjustments can be made to significantly impact the level of learning.

The Working Style Analysis (WSA) is a tool for adults. It is the world's first computerized assessment to reveal personal working styles. For individuals in the workplace the instrument provides detailed information about their unique working style. Self-knowledge reduces stress at work and improves job satisfaction. For employers it is an essential tool to build and maintain highly productive complex teams.

The program itself consists of LSA and TSA assessments for students and varying levels of training for teachers. Teacher and principle training ranges from certification to interpret results through a Diploma in Holistic Education.

To learn more about this program, please contact Partners International Foundation.

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