In the textbook, Keys to college studying: Becoming an active thinker by Carter, Bishop and Kravits; there are many learning styles and personality types discussed in regard to communication and collaboration within a group. This paper will examine three learning styles and three personality types and how they can make group collaboration and communication work effectively. Within a group of people, there are many different learning styles that people in a group may have.
The books describes six of them, they are Verbal-Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Verbal-Spatial, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Musical, and Naturalistic (Carter, 2007, p. 39). There are three that stand out to make a group successful in communication and collaboration. They are Intrapersonal, which is the ability to understand one’s own behavior and feelings, Logical-Mathematical, which is the ability to understand logical reasoning and problem solving, and Verbal-Linguistic, which is the ability to communicate through language (Carter, 2007, p. 9). A person with an Intrapersonal learning style is good at cooperating in a group, seeing things from others perspectives and communication verbally and nonverbally (Carter, 2007, p. 43). This person will be great at keeping the group at peace with one another and explaining thoughts out to others in a clear manner. Someone who has a Verbal-Linguistic learning style will be good at explaining concepts, and convincing someone to do something (Carter, 2007, p. 43).
This person will be able to help someone in the group that may be having a problem understanding what is being talked about in a clearer, easier way. Third, someone who has Logical-Mathematical learning style will be able to reason scientifically, recognize abstract patterns, and reason inductively and deductively (Carter, 2007, p. 43). All three of these learning bring something unique and different making communication and collaboration easier for a group. With these styles most aspects of learning and understanding are covered making the team’s success inevitable.
The textbook also discusses personality types. Sometimes in a group setting personality types can clash, however, if everyone understands different personality types and how people function, conflicts could become minimal. The authors discuss three different types of personality types. They are: the Thinker, the Organizer, the Giver, and the Adventurer (Carter, 2007, p. 47). Three types that would produce effective communication and collaboration within a group are the Thinker, the Organizer, and the Giver.
The thinker in a group would explore ideas and potentials, solve problems, and develop models and systems (Carter, 2007, p. 48). This person would help collaboration by helping the group strategize and solve complex issues. The Organizer would be reliable, detail orientated, and efficient (Carter, 2007, p. 48). The organizer would bring the team together and make sure things are completed on time and correctly. The final personality type that would help a group become successful would be the Adventurer.
According to the textbook, the Adventurer is flexible, has courage and is daring, and like to solve problems by using hands on techniques (Carter, 2007, p. 48). This person could use his or her skills to communicate and collaborate effectively by taking risks to solve a complicated issue while being able to physically show other members how he came up with solution. All three personality types would help a group be a success because they bring different styles to achieve the same goal. Each type helps the other type balance out one another, an important factor in a group.
In conclusion, to have a group that will be successful at communicating and collaborating effectively, each person must to their own part. This paper outlined six different learning styles and personality types to help a group succeed. No matter who is in a group, each member must work together to reach the common goal, success. Not one trait or style can do this alone. When you put many together, they can use their strengths to communicate and collaborate successfully.
Carter, C. B. (2007). Keys to college studying: Becoming an active thinker (2nd ed. ). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hal.