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Think of a positive and a negative learning situation:
Why was it good or bad? Was it because:
From : ‘Neuropsychological Treatment of Dyslexia D.J. Bakker
This is true for the majority of people.
A famous theory in the field of learning how to learn is
Kolb’s learning cycle (adapted from Kolb and Fry 19750
According to Kolb, all learning follows this cycle clockwise.
However, the preferred entry point depends on one’s learning style,
Honey & Mumford developed Kolb’s theory of learning and designed a questionnaire that divides people into 4 different types of learners:
Activist: intuitive, flexible, spontaneous, have a go
Reflector: watch, reflect, take time to consider
Theorist: know the facts thoroughly before applying the
Pragmatist: practical and realistic, like to try out things to
see if they work
Here is another very useful learning style test.
It proposes a typology based on 4 polar opposites:
active - reflective
sensing - intuitive
visual - verbal
sequential - global
Complete and submit the test, it will plot your results (x marks). At the bottom of the Learning Results Style page, click Learning Styles Description for an excellent explanation of your learning styles and suggested strategies.
If you are interested in this topic, the field is vast, from the traditional dominant theories of ‘behaviourism’ and cognitivism’ to the social learning theories of ‘situated learning’ and ‘human communications theory’ to the less dominant ‘constructivism’.
Learning theories can be put into 4 different categories: learner-based, context-based, process-based and knowledge-based.