Adults learn in a variety of different ways, and there are different learning principles which incorporate the way in which adults learn.
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) was developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. NLP looks at how people communicate both internally and externally with the world around them. Bandler and Grinder noted that people are concerned with understanding the impact of the senses in learning and refer to visual, auditory and kinaesthetic approaches to learning.
Therefore, the theory behind this work is that adults have the capacity to use all their senses for learning, but tend to have a preference to one or two methods.
Visual learners prefer to ‘see’ things and what is going on. They tend to use expressions such as ‘I see what you mean’ ‘Look at that’, ‘It appears…’ ‘Picture this…’ ‘Imagine…’
Visual learners are best supported by using:
- Charts, posters, diagrams and graphic representations
- Handouts, workbooks, brochures
- Video, DVD or PowerPoint presentations
Auditory learners prefer to listen and often use expressions such as ‘I hear you’, ‘That sounds great’, ‘It sounds as though…’ and prefer to hear rather than see or read something.
Auditory learners are best supported by using:
- Discussions and lectures
- Use of variety in tone, pitch and volume of voice
- Debates and speeches
Kinaesthetic learners prefer to do things. They tend to enjoy games and moving around more than reading or listening. They tend to use expressions such as ‘I feel your pain’, ‘It feels as though…’
Kinaesthetic learners are best supported by using:
- Demonstrations, experimenting, practice or coaching others
- Hands-on activities
- Team and group activities, role plays
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