Dunn & Dunn Learning Styles Model


A comprehensive learning style model is the Dunn and Dunn Learning Style Model, which considers environmental, emotional, sociological, physiological, and psychological aspects as they affect learning.  When used in conjunction with the VAKT learning styles model, you can build a perfect learning environment and select ideal programs to enhance your child’s learning.

By creating the best learning environment for your learner, you will enhance learning a great deal.  Important considerations such as lighting, quietness, timing, structure in the learning environment, solitary or group learning, etc., help you create the ultimate learning environment. Here is a graphic that is beneficial for understanding the different factors in the Dunn and Dunn Learning Style Model:

Dunn and Dunn learning styles
Dunn and Dunn, when combined with the VAKT learning style model and/or Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, can help you optimize learning for your child.  You can utilize the above graphic to consider and create your child’s best learning environment, or you can assess your child with the assessment tools provided at the Official Dunn and Dunn Online Assessment website located at: http://www.learningstyles.net/en/our-assessments. The assessments are very inexpensive and the accuracy is high if you purchase one of the official assessments, but if you cannot afford the minimal cost, you assess your learner through consideration of each domain.

As an example, within the Environmental Domain, you would consider:

  • Sound – Does your learner like silence, light background noise, or a noisy environment?
  • Light – Does your child prefer bright fluorescent or incandescent light, dim light, or natural light?
  • Temperature – Does your learner prefer a cold, cool, warm, or toasty environment?
  • Seating – Does your child prefer a lounge chair, solid high-back chair, lying on the floor, or other position for reading or studying?

Within the Emotional Domain, you would consider your child’s levels of motivation, task persistence, conformity, and need for a structured environment.

Within the Sociological Domain, you would consider your child’s preference for studying alone, in pairs, with peers, in a team environment, with an adult as a teacher, or in a variety of social settings.

Within the Physiological Domain, you would consider your child’s preference for the standard modes of learning in the VAKT model (auditory, visual, tactile, and kinesthetic) as well as your child’s best time of day for learning activities, as well as preferences for information intake methods and mobility/movement.

Within the Psychological Domain, you would consider your child’s learning style as it falls into an analytic/global thinking style or a more impulsive/reflective style.

By analyzing your learner’s needs in the five different domains identified in the Dunn and Dunn model, you will build a comprehensive understanding of your child’s individual learning needs.  Again, determining your child’s style based upon the Dunn and Dunn model is probably the easiest because they have an inexpensive assessment you can use which is tailored specifically for each of four different age groups.  You can access their learning styles inventories at: http://www.learningstyles.net/en/our-assessments.