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Different Learning Styles

Trainers must be aware that in any audience, participants will learn in different ways. For example, health care professionals are often accustomed to learning from lectures, demonstrations and case studies. They may be less accustomed to learning through experiential exercises. On the other hand, community and family groups may prefer more interactive methods to lectures and PowerPoint presentations. This difference in ways of learning does not mean that health care professionals will never respond to experiential exercises or that community groups will never benefit from lectures.

Trainers will be most effective if they also carefully consider the culture of their audience when choosing appropriate training methods. See Appendix B: Selecting Appropriate Training Methods for more specific information about training methodologies.

Although trainers can try to match appropriate training methods to the specific audience, it is best to assume that there are people with all learning styles in each group. Trainers should design a variety of strategies to meet the learning needs of all participants.

For participants who: Use:
Learn best through abstract concepts and lectures Case studies and discussions about theories and research
Learn best while observing others Demonstrations and videos
Learn best from exercises Role-playing and other experiential activities
Learn best through visual means Videos, images and slides