Introduction to 4MAT

The 4MAT Model of Instruction

A general introduction to The 4MAT Model.


4MAT is an open-ended learning model that offers teachers/trainers 
a method for broadening their delivery of instruction, and it specifically
encompasses strategies that appeal to the diverse approaches students 
have to learning. This method requires that teachers/trainers break 
out of the traditional lecture approach to lesson design by using 
more active learning processes and strategies as well as the more 
reflective modes of teaching.
The basic premise of 4MAT is that while students favor different 
places on the 4MAT cycle according to their styles, they all need 
to go through the four major steps when learning anything. 
Characteristics of the four major learning styles are presented 
in the Different Types of Learners section of this tutorial.

4MAT offers teachers a framework for designing instruction that helps learners…

  • Construct their own meaning.
  • Create meaningful, coherent representations of knowledge.
  • Link new information with existing knowledge.
  • Engage in an active process that allows opportunities for self-expression, group-work, 
    discussions, applications of knowledge and personal, creative representations.
  • Become critically involved in learning and to have input in the learning.
  • Become more actively involved in the learning process. 
  • Represent knowledge in multiple ways.