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Learning styles

Learning styles can differ widely in adults. Within a learning environment adults absorb information, skills and values in different ways. There has been a great deal of research into identifying and naming different learning styles.

A simple division is into visual, auditory and tactile (kinetic).

Some trainees learn best visually or from written materials (visual), some by listening (auditory) and others by hands on activities (tactile). The importance is not in the terminology, but understanding that individuals learn differently. The format of learning materials for training should vary to reflect the individuals learning styles of trainees. The tutor/trainer must always be aware of imposing their own learning style on trainees. Training should involve a blend of activities/materials to reflect the mix of learning styles within the group.

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