Learning styles Different people have different approaches….
Objectives • Why learning styles 1 • Honey and Mumford learning styles • The questionnaire • Scoring the questionnaire • Why learning styles 2 • A practical exercise
Why learning styles? The underpinning concepts: • Learners are intrinsically different and have different preferred learning styles. • Teaching is a purposeful intervention with the aims of promoting learning and causing learning to happen.
Honey and Mumford learning styles • Activist • Reflector • Theorist • Pragmatist
Activists • The here and now • Just do it • Jump in at the deep end • Have a go • Act without thinking it through • Don’t like preparation • Get bored easily
Reflectors • Take time to think it through • Consider all angles and implications • Listen to others • Uncomfortable in unplanned situations • Need information to work on • Dislike deadlines
Theorists • Logical • Rational • Analytical • Objective • Perfectionist • Restricted lateral thinking • Don’t like uncertainty • Don’t like subjectivity
Pragmatists • Does it work in practice? • Like linking the theory to the problem • Like to tackle it straight away • Enjoy coaching and feedback • Don’t like open ended discussions • Need clear guidelines • Need immediate reward
Why learning styles Tailoring your teaching style to the learner’s learning style AND All learning styles are important for developmental learning