"Personally, I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught."
- Winston Churchill

"Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen."
- Robert Bresson

A professor walks into the room, greets his students warmly and begins to lecture on a topic of interest to all of his students. Despite the professor's charming personality, good vocal modulation and an interesting topic, more than half the students an hour later cannot recall more than 20% of the lecture.

You have just finished reading a book. A good friend begins to ask you questions, but you cannot remember most of the details.

Your significant other drags you to yet another movie. Afterwards he or she talks with enthusiasm about the gorgeous colors, the costuming and scenery. You did not even notice that the use of the color red played a significant role in the story.

What is happening? Why is it that otherwise intelligent people cannot remember much about a particular learning experience?

While most people learn well in a number of different ways, it is clear that it is easier to accumulate knowledge conveyed in a manner that addresses our learning needs, sparks our imagination or engages us. In this lesson you will learn how the mind takes in new information and receive a brief introduction to theories such as multiple intelligence and learning styles. If you find this module of particular interest, you will want to add Module 10 to your reading.

- by Kristina Kauffman


This module contains the following main readings:

  1. The Brain and Learning
  2. How People Learn

By the end of this module you should be able to:

1. Discuss how we acquire new learning in context of the 12 Principles for Mind/Brain Learning.

2. Discuss why learning patterns are important.

3. List and define the four learning styles discussed in this section.


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Knowledge Check

The ability to learn and recall information is strongly affected by:

A. hearing.
B. lighting.
C. emotion.
D. relevancy.