Models and their virtues 

Beyond "Learning Styles"

The Cognitive Profile Model describes what we do with the information once we have it. How do we process it? What do we need to do to develop a real understanding of the new material?

Perhaps the biggest difference in this model from most, is that it does not identify a learner as only one type, but emphasizes that each of us has some amount of ability in each type of learning. It helps us to identify and concentrate on our strongest type, while it shows us how to build skills in the less strong areas.

Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, it deals with not only how we take in new information, as most other "learning styles" models do, but what we do with the information once it is inside. The best known models of learning styles (the best known is from Dunn and Dunn at St. John's University, and variations on their work) deal with the environment in which we study best, and the shape of the information, as in auditory, visual, or tactile kinestheic. This model describes environmental preferences, and how information is taken in, but *not* what the learner does with the information, cognitively. Without mulling it around inside the brain somehow, we can't learn.