"Learning to learn is your most important capability since it provides the gateway to everything else you want to develop. How you learn is a key, if not the key life skill." Peter Honey (2016)
The Honey and Mumford Learning Styles Questionnaire was developed by Peter Honey and Alan Mumford. It has been used extensively within the industry and academia for over 35 years. A highly cost-effective self-development instrument, the Learning Styles Questionnaire (LSQ) is designed to measure learning preferences in individuals aged 16+.
The LSQ is based on David Kolb’s Learning Cycle theory which looks directly at how individuals learn, rather than their tendencies to learn.
The questionnaire is available in 40 or 80-items and is designed to stimulate individuals and groups into thinking about how they prefer to take in information and learn from experiences; it follows the learning cycle (do; review; conclude & plan).
Once an individual’s preference for learning style has been identified, they are better placed to choose learning experiences that suit their predominant style(s). Helping them learn more easily and more effectively from a range of different learning opportunities.
Learning and development teams can use the Honey and Mumford test to:
● Match learning opportunities with how you learn best – this makes your learning easier, more effective and more enjoyable.
● Become an all-round learner – increasing your versatility to learn from a wide variety of different experiences; some formal, some informal, some planned and some spontaneous.
● Improve your learning skills and processes – increasing your awareness of how you learn opens up the whole process to self-scrutiny and improvement.
Thousands of organisations globally have benefited from staff completing the Learning Styles Questionnaire by discovering which style of learning they prefer, then attempting to improve less preferred styles.
The LSQ questionnaire is a highly cost-effective self-development instrument. LSQ is a useful tool for supporting the learning and development of individuals.
The Format of the Test –
Honey and Mumford Learning Styles Explained.
There are two versions of the Learning Styles Questionnaire, the 80-item which is the original questionnaire and 40-Item which was developed in 2000. Both are available online or in print.
The test can be completed supervised or unsupervised. There are no time limits to these questionnaires. Individuals should answer the statements as accurately as possible; there are no wrong answers.
The survey contains or either 80 or 40 statements, which relate to behaviours representing each of the four different styles of learning: Activists, Reflectors, Theorists and Pragmatists.
Each statement you agree with counts as one point to the related learning style. The more statements you agree with relating to each style, the higher your preference for that type of learning will be. The results are available immediately upon completion.
The 80-item questionnaire –
● Takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
● Consists of 80 statements with 20 items per style of learning.
● Ideal for those wanting a comprehensive questionnaire.
● Suited for longer sessions where styles and recommendations can be discussed.
● Appeal to professionals who are familiar with the original Honey and Mumford Questionnaire.
The 40-item questionnaire –
● Takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.
● Consists of 40 statements with 10 items per style of learning.
● Ideal as an initial introduction to individuals or groups starting to think about how they learn.
● Time-efficient as this questionnaire is shorter to complete and score.
● Ideal for keeping groups focused on next steps. The report is clear and concise with suggestions to action.