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April 30, 2012 by Dr. Jon Warner in Topic Cartoons

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We all know that human beings are capable of learning many different things over a lifetime and can do so extremely quickly at times. However, we also know that we don’t all learn in exactly the same way or at the same pace, and that some people have a preference for a particular approach to knowledge acquisition than others.

So, what exactly do we mean by a learning “style”? Here is a definition offered by a well-known expert in the adult education field, James Keefe:

“A learning style is the composite of characteristic cognitive, affective, and physiological factors that serve as relatively stable indicators of how a learner perceives, interacts with, and responds to the learning” environment.”

In this definition, Keefe is suggesting that we all have “stable” preferences as these relate to the way we think about, respond to, and interact with our environment. By “stable” he means relatively fixed and unchanging. That is, we tend to use the same learning approach—the one that seems to work best for us—each time.

Ultimately, an effort to appreciate learning styles will not only benefit you as an individual but it also helps when you communicate with others. For example, this could occur when coaching a colleague when delegating aspects of your job, or teaching a team member how to complete a task or project. In other words, you don’t have to be a learning or teaching professional to benefit from knowledge of the different learning styles, and to be more aware that you may need to adjust your approach in order to help others learn.

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Dr. Jon Warner is a prolific author, management consultant and executive coach with over 25 years experience. He has an MBA and a PhD in Organizational Psychology. Jon can be reached at

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