Learning Theories (database of 50 major theories of learning and instruction).
Theory Into Practice (TIP), Greg Kearsley
New Students-New Learning Styles (a rather academic discussion of learning styles with a faculty perspective)


Learning styles information

What is your learning style? - University of North Carolina

Self test for learning style from Middle Tennessee State University: http://frank.mtsu.edu/%7estudskl/hd/learn1.html

Self Test (Paragon Learning Style Inventory) : http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/learningstyles/ilsweb.html

  • Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire
    The ILS developed by Solomon and Felder. This is a brand new test with no scientific backing as yet. It does rely heavily on metacognitive knowledge as a key factor in learning styles however.

Warning: Inventories with broken CGI programs are marked with " * ". If the CGI's are still broken, print the page and use a pencil and paper version of the test.

Adult Learning Styles

The Four Dimensions underlying the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) , http://www.gsu.edu/%7edschjb/wwwmbti.html

When you..



Kinesthetic & Tactile

Spell Do you try to see the word? Do you sound out the word or use a phonetic approach? Do you write the word down to find if it feels right?
Talk Do you sparingly but dislike listening for too long? Do you favor words such as see, picture, and imagine? Do you enjoy listening but are impatient to talk? Do you use words such as hear, tune, and think? Do you gesture and use expressive movements? Do you use words such as feel, touch, and hold?
Concentrate Do you become distracted by untidiness or movement? Do you become distracted by sounds or noises? Do you become distracted by activity around you?
Meet someone again Do you forget names but remember faces or remember where you met? Do you forget faces but remember names or remember what you talked about? Do you remember best what you did together?
Contact people on business Do you prefer direct, face-to-face, personal meetings? Do you prefer the telephone? Do you talk with them while walking or participating in an activity?
Read Do you like descriptive scenes or pause to imagine the actions? Do you enjoy dialog and conversation or hear the characters talk? Do you prefer action stories or are not a keen reader?
Do something new at work Do you like to see demonstrations, diagrams, slides, or posters? Do you prefer verbal instructions or talking about it with someone else? Do you prefer to jump right in and try it?
Put something together Do you like at the directions and the picture? Do you ignore the directions and figure it out as you go along?
Need help with a computer application Do you seek out pictures or diagrams? Do you call the help desk, ask a neighbor, or growl at the computer? Do you keep trying to do it or try it on another computer

Adapted from Colin Rose(1987). Accelerated Learning.

The Center for the Study of Learning and Teaching Styles at St. John's University