Draft:Modes of learning

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Modes of learning are an idea that different people are able to learn new information more effectively when it is presented in a particular style. The idea is that some people will learn better "visually" whilst others might learn better "kinaesthetically" or "auditorily".Although the idea is very popular in the field of education, there remains an overwhelming lack of evidence for it.[1]

Common modes[edit]

A popular set of styles was invented determined by Rita Dunn and Kenneth Dunn. Their list is:

  • Auditory: hearing or speaking the information
  • Visual: seeing the information; diagrams and animations
  • Kinaesthetic: "hands-on," for instance with an interactive model
  • Tactile: literally feeling things, understandably not particularly popular. This one is often excluded.


  1. Harold Pashler, Mark McDaniel, Doug Rohrer and Vincent Nordli. "Learning Styles: Concepts and Evidence". Psychological Science in the Public Interest. 9 (3).