Different Types of Learners

Learning Style Characteristics

Our preferences with regard to perceiving and processing help to form our learning styles.


Dynamic Learners – Type Four

Seek hidden possibilities

Need to know what can be done with things

Learn by trial and error, self-discovery

Enrich reality

Perceive information concretely and process it actively

Adaptable to change and relish it, like variety and excel in situations calling for flexibility. Tend to take risks, at ease with people but sometimes seen as pushy. Often reach accurate conclusions in the absence of logical justification.

function by acting and testing experience 

Strength: Action, carrying out plans

Goals: To make things happen, to bring action to concept

Favorite question: “If I do, what can this become?”

Imaginative Learners – Type One

Learn by listening and sharing ideas

Absorb reality

Perceive information concretely and process it reflectively

Interested in people and culture

They are divergent thinkers who believe in their own experience, excel in viewing concrete situations from many perspectives, and model themselves on those they respect.

Function through social interaction

They are idea people

Strength: Innovating and imagination

Goals: Self-involvement in important issues, bringing unity to diversity

Favorite question: “Why or why not?”

Common Sense Learners –Type Three

Seek usability

Need to know how things work

Learn by testing theories in ways that seem sensible

They edit reality

Perceive information abstractly and process it actively

Use factual data to build designed concepts. They need hands-on experiences, enjoy solving problems, resent being given answers, restrict judgement to concrete things, have limited 

Function through inferences drawn from sensory experience

Strength: Practical application of ideas

Goals: To bring their views of the present into line with future security

Favorite question: “How does this work”

Analytic Learners – Type Two 

Seek facts

Need to know what the experts think

Learn by thinking through things

They form reality

Perceive information abstractly and process it reflectively

Less interested in people than ideas and concepts; they critique information and are data collectors. Thorough and industrious, they will re-examine facts if situations perplex them. They enjoy traditional classrooms. 

Schools are designed for these learners

Function by adapting to the experts 

Strength: Creating concepts and ideas

Goals: Self-satisfaction and intellectual recognition

Favorite question: “What?”