Teaching and Learning Styles
Style of the Teacher
Adult Learning Theory is an approach to learning which contains a variety of components demonstrating how adults learn as it provides guidance on how to deliver information for a successful learning experience.
Malcolm Knowles, a pioneer in the study of adult learning, observed that adults learn best when:
- They understand why something is important to know or do.
- They have the freedom to learn in their own way.
- Learning is experiential.
- The time is right for them to learn.
Style of the Learner
Identifying students’ learning style is important to understanding student’s preferred mode for taking in new information.
Action: Have student complete the Learning Styles Self-Assessment Tool to better understand his/her own learning needs. Use this to have an open dialogue with student on teaching and learner style.
Additional Information and CME Credit:
Southern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center’s Preceptor Training Module on Teaching Style, Learner Style at: https://www.snhahec.org/documents/Styles.doc.