KOLB’S LEARNING STYLES Reference: Peter Honey and Alan Mumford, 2006
Kolb's learning styles have been adapted by two management development specialists, Peter Honey and Alan Mumford. They use a four-way classification that closely resembles that of Kolb but is simplified for use in a practical training situation. You can find out your own learning style by completing and scoring the following questionnaire. A description of the Honey and Mumford classification follows for use after the questionnaire has been scored. LEARNING STYLES QUESTIONNAIRE This questionnaire is designed to find out your preferred learning style(s). Over the years you have probably developed learning 'habits' that help you benefit more from some experiences than from others. Since you are probably unaware of this, this questionnaire will help you pinpoint your learning preferences so that you are in a better position to select learning experiences that suit your style. INSTRUCTIONS There is no time limit for completing this questionnaire. It will probably take you 10-15 minutes. The accuracy of the results depends on how honest you can be. There are no right or wrong answers. If you agree more than you disagree with a statement put a tick by it. If you disagree more than you agree put a cross by it. Be sure to mark each item with either a tick or cross.
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I have strong beliefs about what is right and wrong, good and bad. I often act without considering the possible consequences, I tend to solve problems using a step-by-step approach I believe that formal procedures and policies restrict people. I have a reputation for saying what I think, simply and directly. I often find that actions based on feelings are as sound as those based on careful thought and analysis. I like the sort of work where I have time for thorough preparation and implementation. I regularly question people about their basic assumptions. What matters most is whether something works in practice. I actively seek out new experiences. When I hear about a new idea or approach I immediately start working out how to apply it in practice. I am keen on self-discipline such as watching my diet, taking regular exercise, sticking to a fixed routine, etc. I take pride in doing a thorough job. I get on best with logical, analytical people and less well with spontaneous, 'irrational' people. I take care over the interpretation of data available to me and avoid jumping to conclusions. I like to reach a decision carefully after weighing up many alternatives. I'm attracted more to novel, unusual ideas than to practical ones. I don't like disorganised things and prefer to fit things into a coherent I accept and stick to laid down procedures and policies so long as I regard them as an efficient way of getting the job done. I like to relate my actions to a general principle. In discussions, I like to get straight to the point. I tend to have distant, rather formal relationships with people at work. I thrive on the challenge of tackling something new and different. I enjoy fun-loving, spontaneous people I pay meticulous attention to detail before coming to a conclusion. I find it difficult to produce ideas on impulse. I believe in coming to the point immediately. I am careful not to jump to conclusions too quickly. I prefer to have as many sources of information as possible — the more data to think over the better. Flippant people who don't take things seriously enough usually irritate me. I listen to other people's points of view before putting my own forward. -2-
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I tend to be open about how I'm feeling. In discussions I enjoy watching the manoeuvrings of the other participants. I prefer to respond to events on a spontaneous, flexible basis...
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