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Understanding Thinking Style Preferences of Students. Tracey Hawkins Professor of Accounting University of Cincinnati April 2, 2009. Arrange your 5 cards in order, starting with the card that best describes you and ending with the card that is least like you.

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Understanding thinking style preferences of students

Understanding Thinking Style Preferences of Students

Tracey Hawkins

Professor of Accounting

University of Cincinnati

April 2, 2009


Arrange your 5 cards in order, starting with the card that best describes you and ending with the card that is least like you.



You may now try to “improve” your hand by trading cards with others. You must maintain five cards in your hand at all times.



You must now discard your two least preferred cards. You make examine all the discarded cards and make any exchanges you wish. You should end with only three cards.



Whole brain model developed by ned herrmann
Whole Brain Model cards back?developed by Ned Herrmann


Blue this group is good at
Blue cards back?This group is good at…

  • Gathering facts

  • Analyzing issues

  • Problem solving logically

  • Arguing rationally

  • Considering financial aspects

  • Measuring precisely

  • Understanding technical elements


Green this group is good at
Green cards back?This group is good at…

  • Finding overlooked flaws

  • Approaching problems practically

  • Standing firm on issues

  • Maintaining a standard of consistency

  • Providing stable leadership and supervision

  • Reading fine print in documents/contracts

  • Organizing and keeping track of essential data

  • Developing detailed plans and procedures

  • Articulating plans in an orderly way

  • Keeping financial records straight


Red this group is good at
Red cards back?This group is good at…

  • Recognizing interpersonal difficulties

  • Anticipating how others will feel

  • Intuitively understanding how others feel

  • Picking up the non-verbal cues of interpersonal stress

  • Engendering enthusiasm

  • Persuading

  • Teaching

  • Conciliating

  • Understanding emotional elements

  • Considering values


Yellow this group is good at
Yellow cards back?This group is good at…

  • Reading the signs of coming change

  • Seeing the “big picture”

  • Recognizing new possibilities

  • Tolerating ambiguity

  • Integrating ideas and concepts

  • Bending or challenging established policies

  • Synthesizing unlike elements into a new whole

  • Inventing innovative solutions to problems

  • Problem solving in intuitive ways


Understanding that our students have different thinking styles can help us
Understanding that our students have different thinking styles can help us…

  • Develop learning activities that will help all students learn

  • Allow for better group interaction


For more information
For more information: styles can help us…

  • The Whole Brain Business Book by Ned Herrmann

  • The Creative Brain by Ned Herrmann

  • The Diversity Game created by Ted Coulson and Alison Strickland

  • www.hbdi.com


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