“Blessed is the generation in which the old listen to the young; and doubly blessed is the generation in which the young listen to the old.” ~ The Talmud
What prompted this post was actually my desire to share three amazing photo manipulations. Thinking about how to align these creative works with a message, I chose ‘learning styles’ as a common denominator. Well, loosely… work with me here. 🙂
In this post are three images by Swedish digital artist Erik Johansson, who now resides in Berlin. Johansson (with considerable technology aid) modifies his original photographs and the end results are, in my opinion, fascinating creations.
Which brings us to learning styles. We’re a mixed bushel. Most of us are familiar with the three long-held learning modalities: visual, auditory and kinesthetic (tactile). These can occur independently or in combination; over time; and become integrated with age. Given these three, I’m a combination visual/auditory learner – which may help to account for my interest is Johansson’s stimulating work.
More recent research and studies yield a school of seven learning styles: visual, aural, verbal, physical, logical, social, and solitary (the latter two reflecting a preference for learning in/with teams or individually). So I dug a bit deeper, given this blog’s focus and learned that Baby Boomers prefer to learn in physically warm environments, lean toward a tactile style with body language being significant in the experience, and that they have a need for hands-on learning activities.
Given interest in cross-generational similarities and integration, I learned that Gen Xers prefer structured learning environments that are conducted in the evening. All sorts of interesting data ‘out there’ which is further varied when factored for gender preferences. Some summarized research and tips for communicating with and across generations can be read in this Colorado State University report.
It’s no surprise that each of us is a multi-faceted being. Style preference(s) is but one element of our learning experiences and what makes us different. If you are interested in viewing more of Johansson’s work, click here for his website. He also blogs from the same site.
Here’s to your learning styles!
With due respect to photographer’s who blog in the WordPress community (several of whom I follow), I recognize this as a variation on your art and profession. Your unique work is equally appreciated; often prized.