Your Learning Style Shapes Your Space - Learn Yours and Embrace Your Style

decluttering too much stuff Jan 17, 2021

For over 40 years, I have been in the training and human learning profession. When the idea of learning styles became popular in the '90's I learned as much as possible about it and then integrated it into the learning programs at Starbucks Coffee Company.

"The term 'learning style' refers to the idea that each student learns in his or her own way. Even though this concept dates back to Aristotle in 334 BC, our education systems did not integrate it until the 90's. In 1978, researcher, Lev Vygotsky, believed that a child’s specific environment will influence how the child thinks and what the child thinks about." - Joanna Haswell, A Close Look at Learning Styles

But, the most well-known authors of the theory were Howard Gardner, Neil Fleming, and David Kolb. They believed that each learning style uses different parts of the brain.

Gardner identified seven learning styles:

  1. Visual-spatial people think in terms of physical space, pictures and diagrams.
  2. Kinesthetic people use their bodies and sense of touch.
  3. Musical people are attuned to sound, rhythm in the environment.
  4. Interpersonal people comprehend better when they are interacting with others.
  5. Intrapersonal people learn better when they can focus within themselves.
  6. Linguistic people love words and learn best when they are thinking and writing.
  7. Logical-mathematical people learn through exploring patterns and relationships.

Fleming created four learning types, VARK, Visual, Aural, Reading/Writing, and Kinesthetic. And, Kolb, created the Experiential Learning Cycle, which has four stages: concrete experience, reflective observation, abstract conceptualism, and active experimentation.

These learning styles are key in understanding not only how one learns, but how one sees and interacts with the space around them. 

Want to dig deeper?

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