There are four main Learning Styles; Activists, Reflectors, Theorists and Pragmatists.
To describe them briefly, activists are enthusiastic about anything new and consider the consequences afterwards. They are always looking for new experiences and get bored with the long term, seeking to centre activities on themselves. Reflectors look at things from a different perspective, listening and considering the views of others. Theorists think about things in a logical way and like to analyse everything until it fits into a rational explanation. Pragmatists like trying out new ideas to see if they work in practice, they are practical people who like to get to work and try things out at the first opportunity.
Using a learning styles questionnaire (attached) and reflecting on the models described above, I would identify my own learning style as a Reflector. This is because I like to gather data, review previous experiences and think about things thoroughly before making any conclusions. I can be cautious and like to gather many people’s opinions before finally deciding on my own. I like to take in information in meetings rather than jump straight in and would prefer to keep a low profile.
Considering another member of my team, I would describe a certain individual’s learning style as that of an Activists. This person likes to jump right in and are immersed in the here and now. They are very open minded which means that are up for any new experiences they are exposed to. They very rarely look at the long term, and jump from one new experience to another. This person like to involve himself with others whilst always ensuring that their interests are at the centre of everything they do.
1.2 Use a simple technique for identifying own development needs and the development needs of another member of the team
To identify my own development needs, I have decided to complete a