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Left Brain, Right Brain, Whole Brain?

If you are an educator or a parent, you probably would have wondered at times what is the “correct key” that fits into the “lock” that each child holds. Finding it is crucial for the child’s development since no one child is the same. Being able to identify various types of “locks” for different type of children and choosing the “correct key” is a skill that takes effort and a little bit of ingenuity.

To make things simpler, you ought to know more about different learning styles and personality types that are generally attributed to brain dominance. A good educator knows this and always try to identify and work with the style suited to that particular student.  In addition, she chooses the right tools that could ignite the flame of learning in the student and motivates him to improve. 

Well, you could probably have heard of left or right brain dominance but how about whole brain? A very good model created by William “Ned” Hermann commonly known as “The Whole Brain Model” is widely used in various organisations including corporations and educational institutions, it models the way our brain functions in four different systems with four preferred styles:

A Quadrant: Analytical thinking.

  • Key word: logical, factual, critical, technical and quantitative.
  • Preferred activities: collecting data, listening to informational lectures, reading textbooks. Judging ideas based on facts, criteria and logical reasoning.
B Quadrant: Sequential thinking.
  • Key word: conservative, structured, organised, detailed, and planned.
  • Preferred activities: following directions, repetitive detailed homework problems, time management and schedules.
C Quadrant: Interpersonal thinking
  • Key word: kinesthetic, emotional, spiritual, sensory, feeling.
  • Preferred activities: listening to and sharing ideas, looking for personal meaning, sensory input, and group study.
D Quadrant: Imaginative thinking.
  • Key word: Visual, holistic, intuitive, innovative, and conceptual.
  • Preferred activities: Looking at the big picture, taking initiative, simulations (what if questions), visual aids. Appreciate beauty of a problem, brainstorming.


“The Whole Brain Model”

If you would like to know more, here is a very good research article on the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) or “The Whole Brain Model”. Start exploring if you haven’t!

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