you plan developmental options for your team members, it is important to
remember that everyone has a learning style preference.
A learning style is simply an approach to learning new things.
Because people have preferred ways of learning that suits them
best, it is beneficial to structure a variety of learning strategies to
cover the three core learning styles:
Visual Learners. Visual
learners learn through seeing. This
means that they are sensitive to body language and facial expressions.
They learn best from seeing things like visual displays like
diagrams, illustrations, PowerPoint, charts, videos, and handouts.
characteristics of the visual learner:
Is aware of similarities and differences;
Often has good hand-eye coordination;
May be quiet and deliberate;
May have a vivid imagination;
Prefers to write down directions, not just take them verbally
Auditory Learners. Auditory
learners learn through listening. They
prefer learning strategies like lectures, discussions, and one-on-one
characteristics of the auditory learner:
Talks to him or herself;
lots of questions;
Wants to engage in discussion;
May be distracted by having too many
sounds at one time;
Would rather listen and learn than read and learn;
Is very social and loves to talk about
what he or she is doing.
Tactile/Kinesthetic Learners. Tactile/Kinesthetic
learners prefer a hands-on approach. They want to engage the physical
world, try things out for themselves, engage in activities, explore and
investigate things, and generally get their hands onto what they are
characteristics of the tactile learner:
Likes to stay active;
Needs to handle and try things out in
order to understand them;
Prefers to see something done and then to do it himself;
Employs the trial and error approach to problem-solving;
Likes to show rather than tell.
from Planning Individual Development Activities published by CSP, Office
of Civil Service Personal Management