Experience is connected to learning in that each individual learner is shaped by the many experiences he or she has undergone. These experiences can lead to enhancement of one’s knowledge, shaping beliefs, and building skills. Experiences also contribute to forming an individual’s temperament. Temperament can be described as the interrelationship of core educational needs, values, talents and behaviors. When these core needs are met, we are more receptive to learning and are able to perform enthusiastically.
Through awareness of temperament, organizations can develop a myriad of learning (and teaching) methods that will enable its employees to work to their fullest potential. Temperament information can help us understand our own learning styles or tendencies. We can use this information to develop alternate learning styles so that we can take control of any learning situation.
By Shirley J. Caruso, M.A., Human Resource Development