Tip #119: Learning Styles

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This perceptual learning styles model makes some important distinctions between the print and visual learners (grouped together under “visual” in the three style model), between the haptic and the kinesthetic learners (grouped together under “kinesthetic” in the three style model. It retains aural but adds an important new element: that of verbalization.

Perceptual Learning Styles

  1. Print: A person who learns best through reading books, journals, or magazines, and writing assignments.
  2. Aural: A person who learns best through listening to lectures and audio tapes.
  3. Interactive: Individuals who learn best through verbalization in small group discussions, question-and-answer sessions, and debate activities.
  4. Visual: A person who learns best through observation of films, videotapes, pictures, slides, graphs, tables, and demonstrations.
  5. Haptic: Individuals who learn best through the sense of touch in a “hands on” approach to learning, such as project construction, drawing, and model building.
  6. Kinesthetic: A person who learns best while moving, by participating in simulations, physical motion activities, and physical games.

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