Social/Interpersonal Learning Style: Characteristics & Strategies

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  • 0:01 Definition of Social Learning
  • 0:29 Social Learner Characteristics
  • 1:38 Interpersonal…
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Instructor: Christine Serva

Christine is an instructional designer, educator, and writer with a particular interest in the social sciences and American studies.

In this lesson, learn what makes social/interpersonal learners tick and how you can support their growth and development in the classroom. Try out new ideas for making the most of these strong communicators.

Definition of Social Learning

Do you have a friend who comes alive when interacting with other people? They have a great sense for the mood of a group and are often interested in making sure conversations go well. You or your other friends have probably gone to this person for advice. Or maybe the person being described is you, and you're the one who's the communicator and connector. This people-person likely has a social/interpersonal learning style, meaning they learn best when interacting with others and can relate that learning to the people around them.

Social Learner Characteristics

A student who learns this way can often be found in conversation, either listening or talking, aiming to understand the thoughts of others and communicate their own ideas. This type of learner will be more motivated than most to express their own thoughts and feelings while respecting the thoughts and feelings of others. For example, a social/interpersonal learner might be more apt to remember to ask others how they are doing, rather than focusing on only their own situation. As this person matures, they become skilled at balancing their own needs and the needs of others because of this desire to facilitate good relationships.

In addition to having strong communication skills, those with this learning style will pick up on body language and other nonverbal cues easily. For example, if you've had a bad day but are trying to hide it from others, a social/interpersonal learner might be the first to notice your changed demeanor.

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