Learning Styles

Types of Learner

Learning styles were developed by Peter Honey and Alan Mumford. Based upon the work of Kolb, Honey and Mumford went on to identify four distinct learner styles:

  • Activists
  • Pragmatists
  • Theorists
  • Reflectors (Lateral Thinking)

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


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


  • 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


  • 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 with endless discussion


>  Howard Gardener (1999) developed the theory of ‘Multiple Intelligences’ which identifies learning styles in more detail and includes ‘Intrapersonal Intelligence’, or self-awareness as a learning style or preference.  <