In a direct response to a query from one of our members we thought we’d put a blog up about the classic ‘Honey and Mumford’ styles of learning: theorists, activists, reflectors and pragmatists.
What they emphasised was the different styles of learning: there are a number of questionnaires you can do to see what sort of learner you are… take one here to find out what kind of learner you are.
In a medical student setting, here’s how you could apply it:
Imagine talking about a new finger-prick blood glucose monitor (BM monitor)
Theorists: these people are grounded primarily in theory, and learn best when dealing with specific and structured learning tasks which have defined quantifiable meanings. e.g. how does the blood glucose machine work? As a theorist, you might like our medical exam questions which test your theoretical knowledge.
Pragmatists: these people who like to experiment with things in a real situation: They would rather see the blood glucose machine in action for themselves rather discuss the validity of its results. As a pragmatist, you will love playing with our interactive OSCE guides.
Reflectors: they like to look at a situation from a number of different experiences and perspectives to generate opinions. They might watch other people using the blood glucose machine and draw heir own conclusions. As an reflector, you might want to leave a comment on our blog or forum to discuss your approaches.
Activists are people who enjoy doing things and carrying them out, and then reviewing the consequences of their own actions. They are likely to say “Give me the blood glucose machine to try…”. As an activist, you might get benefit from our practical video perspectives on how to take your exams.
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Honey, P., Mumford, A. (1982): ‘Manual of Learning Styles’.