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LSIS Research Development Fellowship (RDF) projects 2011-2012: The impact of visual learning techniques on tutors and learners in Adult Community Learning

Principal focus of the project

The focus of the project was to encourage tutors to develop and use a wide range of visual learning techniques in the classroom. Adult Community Education Tutors were encouraged to take part in joint practice development or supported experiments, and the resources created during the experiments were then used in the classroom. Impact was measured in terms of tutors' CPD, and learner understanding and recall

Areas of learning
What is this about and what were the main findings?

Staff members reported the use of mind maps as being beneficial to learners' recall and understanding of basic concepts. Learners, initially resistant to using imagery, enjoyed a different learning approach. Learners with dyslexia were able to use more strategies to overcome areas of difficulty and produced positive results in their learning.

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Number of participants who worked with the project
Name(s) of authors

Maureen Frazer - Derbyshire Adult Community Education Service

Name of associate programmes

LSIS Research Development Fellowship


A research report into how the use of imagery in teaching and learning can impact learner achievement and recall

Resource Type: Case study, Report
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