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A new study by Ian Hodgkinson explores teaching and learning

Dr Ian Hodgkinson

CSM Associate Director Dr Ian Hodgkinson has been informed that his article "In pursuit of a ‘whole brain’ approach to undergraduate teaching: Implications of the Herrmann brain dominance model" together with colleagues from Durham University (Dr Mathew Hughes and Dr Paul Hughes) has been accepted for publication in Studies in Higher Education (SHE), a leading international journal publishing research-based articles dealing with higher education issues (ABS 3).

In response to the question of ‘how we learn’, which continues to direct scholarly debate, the article examines the relationship between teaching methodologies and learning styles. Drawing on the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument and the theory of ‘whole-brain’ teaching, findings illustrate a suite of teaching methodologies that are generic across learning styles—tutorials, group work, firm-oriented case studies, game playing, reading journal papers, handouts, PowerPoint slides, in-class examples, in-class short exercises, and videos—with a second group of teaching methodologies—lectures, seminars, people-oriented case studies, creative problem-solving, reading textbooks, guest speakers, in-class small group exercises, homework, role play, problem-based learning, self-directed learning, project-based learning, and class debates—that target and develop specific learning styles. Implications are presented for a ‘whole-brain’ approach to undergraduate teaching.