Instructional Design Toolkit. ISD Concept Map. Note: While you can start at any of the major themes listed to the left of this screen, you should read the Introduction to get a background of learning styles. Kolb is the inspiration for a large numbers of theorists. So rather than asking people directly how they learn, as Kolb's LSI does, Honey and Mumford gave them a questionnaire that probes general behavioral tendencies. Their reasoning is most people have never consciously considered how they really learn.
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Skip to content. Skip to navigation. Learning styles were developed by Peter Honey and Alan Mumford, based upon the work of Kolb, and they identified four distinct learning styles or preferences: Activist , Theorist ; Pragmatist and Reflector. These are the learning approaches that individuals naturally prefer and they recommend that in order to maximise one's own personal learning each learner ought to:. To understand your particular learning style Honey and Mumford have developed a Learning Style Questionnaire [see further reading] and with this information you will be in a far better position to do three really useful things [quoting P.
Note : However, to be an effective learner you should also develop the ability to learn in other styles too. Personal tools Web Editor Log in. Search Site only in current section. Advanced Search…. Search Site. These are the learning approaches that individuals naturally prefer and they recommend that in order to maximise one's own personal learning each learner ought to: understand their learning style seek out opportunities to learn using that style To understand your particular learning style Honey and Mumford have developed a Learning Style Questionnaire [see further reading] and with this information you will be in a far better position to do three really useful things [quoting P.
Honey]: "Become smarter at getting a better fit between learning opportunities and the way you learn best. This makes your learning easier, more effective and more enjoyable. It saves you tackling your learning on a hit-and-miss basis. Equipped with information about your learning preferences, you'll have many more hits and fewer misses.
Becoming an all-round learner, increases your versatility and helps you learn from a wide variety of different experiences - some formal, some informal, some planned and some spontaneous.
Increased awareness of how you learn, opens up the whole process to self-scrutiny and improvement. Learning to learn is your most important capability since it provides the gateway to everything else you want to develop.
Characteristics The characteristics of the four learning styles are summarised in the following table. Learning style Attributes Activities Activist Activists are those people who learn by doing. Activists need to get their hands dirty, to dive in with both feet first. Have an open-minded approach to learning, involving themselves fully and without bias in new experiences.
They need models, concepts and facts in order to engage in the learning process. Prefer to analyse and synthesise, drawing new information into a systematic and logical 'theory'.
Abstract concepts and games are of limited use unless they can see a way to put the ideas into action in their lives. Experimenters, trying out new ideas, theories and techniques to see if they work. They may avoid leaping in and prefer to watch from the sidelines. Prefer to stand back and view experiences from a number of different perspectives, collecting data and taking the time to work towards an appropriate conclusion.
Learning style Honey and Mumford definition Activist Activists involve themselves fully and without bias in new experiences. They enjoy the here and now, and are happy to be dominated by immediate experiences. They are open-minded, not sceptical, and this tends to make them enthusiastic about anything new. Their philosophy is: "I'll try anything once".
They tend to act first and consider the consequences afterwards. Their days are filled with activity. They tackle problems by brainstorming. As soon as the excitement from one activity has died down they are busy looking for the next. They tend to thrive on the challenge of new experiences but are bored with implementation and longer term consolidation. They are gregarious people constantly involving themselves with others but, in doing so, they seek to centre all activities around themselves.
Theorist Theorists adapt and integrate observations into complex but logically sound theories. They think problems through in a vertical, step-by-step logical way. They assimilate disparate facts into coherent theories. They tend to be perfectionists who won't rest easy until things are tidy and fit into a rational scheme.
They like to analyse and synthesize. They are keen on basic assumptions, principles, theories models and systems thinking. Their philosophy prizes rationality and logic. Their approach to problems is consistently logical. This is their 'mental set' and they rigidly reject anything that doesn't fit with it. They prefer to maximise certainty and feel uncomfortable with subjective judgements, lateral thinking and anything flippant.
Pragmatist Pragmatists are keen on trying out ideas, theories and techniques to see if they work in practice. They positively search out new ideas and take the first opportunity to experiment with applications. They are the sort of people who return from courses brimming with new ideas that they want to try out in practice. They like to get on with things and act quickly and confidently on ideas that attract them. They tend to be impatient with ruminating and open-ended discussions. They are essentially practical, down to earth people who like making practical decisions and solving problems.
They respond to problems and opportunities 'as a challenge'. Their philosophy is "There is always a better way" and "If it works it's good".
Reflector Reflectors like to stand back to ponder experiences and observe them from many different perspectives. They collect data, both first hand and from others, and prefer to think about it thoroughly before coming to a conclusion. The thorough collection and analysis of data about experiences and events is what counts so they tend to postpone reaching definitive conclusions for as long as possible.
Their philosophy is to be cautious. They are thoughtful people who like to consider all possible angles and implications before making a move. They prefer to take a back seat in meetings and discussions. They enjoy observing other people in action. They listen to others and get the drift of the discussion before making their own points. They tend to adopt a low profile and have a slightly distant, tolerant unruffled air about them. When they act it is part of a wide picture which includes the past as well as the present and others' observations as well as their own.
Further reading Honey, P. Share this page:. Navigation Research Student Training. Activists are those people who learn by doing. These learners like to understand the theory behind the actions.
These people need to be able to see how to put the learning into practice in the real world. These people learn by observing and thinking about what happened. Activists involve themselves fully and without bias in new experiences. Theorists adapt and integrate observations into complex but logically sound theories. Pragmatists are keen on trying out ideas, theories and techniques to see if they work in practice.
Reflectors like to stand back to ponder experiences and observe them from many different perspectives.
Honey and Mumford: Learning Style Questionnaire
Measure employees' preferred style of learning on a self directed basis with the Learning Styles Questionnaire. It has been used extensively within the industry and academia for over 35 years. Helping them learn more easily and more effectively from a range of different learning opportunities. Request Free Demo. Thousands of organisations globally have benefited from staff completing the Learning Styles Questionnaire by discovering which style of learning they prefer, then attempting to improve less preferred styles. The LSQ questionnaire is a highly cost-effective self-development instrument. LSQ is a useful tool for supporting the learning and development of individuals.
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Phone: Email: tracy mint-hr. This questionnaire is designed to find out your preferred learning style s. Over the years you have probably developed learning habits that 'help' you benefit more from some experiences than from others. Since you are probably unaware of this, this questionnaire will help you to pinpoint your learning preferences so that you are in a better position to select learning experiences that suit your style.