Do, Review, Conclude and Plan

By | November 29, 2007

Peter Honey and Alan Mumford are best known for their definitions of learning styles. Knowing your learning style can also help avoid repeating mistakes by undertaking activities that strengthen other styles, for example, if you tend to “jump in at the deep end”, consider spending time reflecting on experiences before taking action. Below are definitions of each Honey and Mumford learning style. Do you think you can tick all the boxes of one or are a combination of styles?

Activists: (Do)

  • Immerse themselves fully in new experiences
  • Enjoy here and now
  • Open minded, enthusiastic, flexible
  • Act first, consider consequences later
  • Seek to centre activity around themselves

Reflectors (Review)

  • Stand back and observe
  • Cautious, take a back seat
  • Collect and analyse data about experience and events, slow to reach conclusions
  • Use information from past, present and immediate observations to maintain a big picture perspective

Theorists (Conclude)

  • Think through problems in a logical manner, value rationality and objectivity
  • Assimilate disparate facts into coherent theories
  • Disciplined, aiming to fit things into rational order
  • Keen on basic assumptions, principles, theories, models and systems thinking

Pragmatists (Plan)

  • Keen to put ideas, theories and techniques into practice
  • Search new ideas and experiment
  • Act quickly and confidently on ideas, gets straight to the point
  • Are impatient and endless with discussion

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