Discover your learning style

Do you think before you act or jump right in? According to popular learning theorists Peter Honey and Alan Mumford there are four basic ways we choose to learn.

These are known as the activist, reflector, theorist and pragmatist methods of learning.

In the video “Learning styles by Honey and Mumford” we take a deeper look at these four approaches.

The Activist

Activists live by the motto, act first think later. “Activists are enthusiastic people who prefer to get involved and learn by doing.

They are open-minded, adventurous and optimistic. However they can also take unnecessary risks and are averse to thorough preparation.

The Reflector

“Reflectors are people who prefer to observe and think about things before doing.” They have a tendency to consider their actions before they proceed.

They can be described as careful, thoughtful and analytical. They are good at listening and assimilating information but they can be too cautious. They have a tendency to procrastinate and are sometimes reluctant to participate directly in the project.

The Theorist

Theorists prefer to read instructions and map out a plan before beginning a task. They avoid risk by attempting to understand the process first.

They are said to be methodical, logical and objective thinkers. Theorists are systematic in their approach in order to perfect the outcome. However they have a low tolerance for uncertainty and disorder. They also have difficulty thinking out of the box.

The Pragmatist

“ Pragmatists are practical people who look for the quickest way to solve problems.”

They prefer to “test things out” and can be described as realistic and technique oriented. Pragmatists have a tendency to overlook theory and basic principles. The are likely to choose the first solution as opposed to the best solution.

"Each of us have a way we prefer to learn." Although we favour one style we are capable of using all four if the occasion calls for it.

There is no perfect style as every method has its own strengths and weaknesses. But knowing your preferred style can help you identify personal blind spots so that you can become more balanced and effective in your learning.

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By Cindy Payle - Portal Publishing