Answer: “To start, the instructor can hand out cards or small sheets of paper showing the following list of preferences. Let every class member check yes or no for each item.
I usually PREFER to….
> Do things quickly. Yes No
> Act alone. Yes No
> Act with a group. Yes No
> Get to the point quickly in a conversation. Yes No
> Engage in extended discussion. Yes No
> Involve all members in a small group discussion. Yes No
> Speak rather than listen. Yes No
> Observe rather than speak. Yes No
> Use gestures when speaking. Yes No
> Use brainstorming frequently. Yes No
> Do something rather than talk or read about it. Yes No
> Plan rather than carry out events or activities. Yes No
Quote: “Then, on the chalkboard, tally everyone’s responses. This will show the distribution of preferences among the class members and group tendencies.”
Comment: Teachers, of course, can add their own ideas on preferences. RayS.
Title: “Assessing Students’ Personal Preferences.” Journal of Reading (September 1991), 53.