The Dunn and Dunn Learning Styles Model

Learners tend to demonstrate patterns in the way they prefer to deal with new and difficult information and ideas. The majority of us are most confident and successful when we approach difficult tasks by using our strengths.


The Dunn and Dunn Learning Style Model indicates a range of variables proven to influence the achievements of individual learners from kindergarten age to adulthood.

Each learner has his or her own unique combination of preferences. Some preferences may be strong, in which case the learner will benefit significantly if the need is addressed when he or she is learning challenging content.

Others preferences may be moderate – worth addressing if learning isn’t progressing smoothly.

For some variables, no preference may be indicated. The learner’s ability to engage with the work and to achieve success may depend on extraneous factors or his/her level of interest in the subject - or it may be that that particular variable has no real bearing on the learner’s ability to concentrate and study.

ILSA trainers have considerable experience in the Dunn and Dunn Model. We would be delighted to provide your school or business with in-depth training in the practical applications of this research-based approach to teaching and learning.

Contact ILSA for further information or to inquire about our popular training modules.

Image reprinted with kind permission of Susan Rundle, ILSN, copyright Susan M. Rundle.

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