According to Alan Chapman* “VAK theory is now a favourite of the accelerated learning community because its principles and benefits extend to all types of learning and development, far beyond its early applications.”

The three learning preferences or styles are:

  • Visual learners; primarily seeing (includes mental images) and reading
  • Auditory learners; primarily listening and talking
  • Kinaesthetic; primarily doing, touching (and feeling)

VAK is a useful model that offers another perspective, and a means of better understanding our preferred or dominant thinking and learning styles.

From a trainer perspective, I tend to use VAK as a design filter, a means of checking my design to ensure a good balance of activity that takes each preference into account.

Staffordshire University have a VAK Learning Styles Questionnaire you can download and complete, if VAK is your thing.

*If you haven’t yet discovered Alan Chapman’s website it is a fabulous repository of information for trainers, facilitators and most anyone else concerned with people and organisational development, and more, much more…

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