Refers to the particular ways in which individuals engage in learning. Occupational psychologists Peter Honey and Alan Mumford have identified four learning styles favoured by different types of learner. Activists learn best by active involvement in concrete tasks, such as competitive teamwork exercises used in outward bound courses. Reflectors learn by standing back and reviewing and reflecting upon their experiences. Theorists learn by relating new information to concepts and theories with which they are familiar. Finally, pragmatists learn by establishing a link between new information and real-life problems and issues. The implication of the typology is that training and development programmes should be flexible and not assume one single process of learning; rather, they should allow learners to adopt an approach that is congruent with their underlying learning style.
Subjects: Education — Human Resource Management.