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Edmonds Learning Style Identification Exercise

(ELSIE)

As each word is read, circle the number indicating your response according to the following
code:

1. You immediately have a mental picture of some object or activity.


2. You immediately have a picture of a word spelled out.
3. You have no immediate mental picture; the sound of the word carries the meaning.
4. You immediately experience a physical or emotional feeling about the word.
1. 1 2 3 4 13. 1 2 3 4 25. 1 2 3 4 37. 1 2 3 4

2. 1 2 3 4 14. 1 2 3 4 26. 1 2 3 4 38. 1 2 3 4

3. 1 2 3 4 15. 1 2 3 4 27. 1 2 3 4 39. 1 2 3 4


4. 1 2 3 4 16. 1 2 3 4 28. 1 2 3 4 40. 1 2 3 4

5. 1 2 3 4 17. 1 2 3 4 29. 1 2 3 4 41. 1 2 3 4

6. 1 2 3 4 18. 1 2 3 4 30. 1 2 3 4 42. 1 2 3 4


7. 1 2 3 4 19. 1 2 3 4 31. 1 2 3 4 43. 1 2 3 4

8. 1 2 3 4 20. 1 2 3 4 32. 1 2 3 4 44. 1 2 3 4

9. 1 2 3 4 21. 1 2 3 4 33. 1 2 3 4 45. 1 2 3 4


10. 1 2 3 4 22. 1 2 3 4 34. 1 2 3 4 46. 1 2 3 4

11. 1 2 3 4 23. 1 2 3 4 35. 1 2 3 4 47. 1 2 3 4

12. 1 2 3 4 24. 1 2 3 4 36. 1 2 3 4 48. 1 2 3 4


49. 1 2 3 4

50. 1 2 3 4

Total Responses: Indicate below how many of each number you circled.

#1. _________ #2. _________ #3. _________ #4. _________


#1 indicates a preference for visual learning.
#2 indicates a preference for visual letter learning.
#3 indicates a preference for auditory learning.
#4 indicates a preference for kinesthetic learning.

This Learning Style Identification Exercise was developed by Harry Reinert, formerly of
Edmonds, WA.
Edmonds Learning Style Identification Exercise
(ELSIE)
The following words are to be used with Harry Reinert's Learning
Style Identification Exercise. Instructions for administering
the exercise follow:

A. Inform participants that you will be reading 50 words, and


that for each word, they are to circle a number according to the
following code:

1. You immediately have a mental picture of some object or


activity.
2. You immediately have a picture of a word spelled out.
3. You have no immediate mental picture; the sound of the word
carries the meaning.
4. You immediately experience a physical or emotional
feeling about the word.

B. Inform participants that you will begin with two sample


words to demonstrate the process. They should not circle any
numbers here, but should think about which ones they would
circle if the words were part of the exercise.

First sample word: sink (Ask a few participants for their


first reactions; some may see a kitchen or bathroom sink; some
may see a ship or boat sinking; some may see either sink or sync
spelled out; some may feel either "in sync" or "out of sync";
some may "just know" from hearing the word.)

Second sample word: hold (Again, ask a few participants for


their first reactions; some may have a feeling of being held;
some may see a ship's hold; some may see the word spelled out;
and some may "just know" from hearing the word.)

C. Read the words consecutively, without enumerating them.


Provide a number for every fifth word to ensure that everyone is
at the right place; e.g., number 5 is . . ., number 10 is . . .,
etc.

1. pool 13. read 25. law 37. beautiful


2. fear 14. talk 26. baby 38. shame
3. happy 15. angry 27. paint 39. letter
4. running 16. house 28. warm 40. swim
5. tall 17. foot 29. strange 41. gross
6. five 18. ocean 30. enemy 42. street
7. ground 19. friend 31. down 43. think
8. ugly 20. guilty 32. above 44. hungry
9. summer 21. justice 33. liar 45. hope
10. God 22. good 34. boy 46. truth
11. hate 23. paper 35. freedom 47. love
12. lawn 24. chicken 36. kill 48. bad
49. yellow
50. story