Teaching Different LEARNING STYLES

Click on the links below to read more on learning styles and other important points of education. An understanding of learning styles is essential to effective instruction.  There are many theories of learning, and many different descriptions of “learning styles”.  What we consider the most essential are listed below, with a brief description following.

This theory describes what might be termed “physical” styles of learning.  At its most basic, it shows that people might learn by seeing, hearing or doing.  We design our instruction to provide learning tasks for each of these styles.

Social Styles - The “Four Temperaments”

These are Social Styles that we naturally use in interaction with others.  We are all born with a combination of these social styles, and there is no “good” or “bad” in it.  (NOTE: This theory was first proposed by the Greek physician Hippocrates (460-370 BC) who systemized and developed it into a medical theory.)

This is a variation of the “Four Temperaments” theory described above.  “True Colors™ is a model for understanding yourself and others based on your personality temperament. The colors of Orange, Green, Blue and Gold are used to differentiate the four central personality styles of True Colors™.

Kolb’s theory describes learning as a cycle of four stages:  Concrete Experience, Reflective Observation , Abstract Conceptualization, and Active Experimentation.  Each of us learns best at specific stages of this cycle, and an effective instructor addresses this need.

RESOURCES

This page has resources for learning, and for implementing training projects we are undertaking.

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