Learning VS Teaching: What’s the Difference?

Learning is a continuous process for every one of us. In a perfect world, we all learn something new every day. While we see formal education as a necessity to learning, there will always be various ways to learn. Teaching is just a more formal approach to giving lessons with learning as the end result.

Different Learning Styles

Through the formal approach to learning, students gain knowledge through systematic lessons, curriculum and courses. We may say that this approach is passive since students have to go through the same processes altogether. While this is true, there are various learning styles that students feel more comfortable with. These learning styles are listed below.

learning styles

Different Teaching Approach

There’s a Chinese proverb: “A thousand teachers, a thousand approach.” This proverb resonates the truth, as every teacher is unique, their methods and approach to teaching will vary even a little bit. The most common approach to teaching includes teacher-centered and learner-centered. The learner centered approach see the teacher as the only reliable and sole source of information, in a sense this approach is dominated by the teacher. The learner-centered approach is a little more lax in terms of where the information comes from. In this approach, the learners have also seen a reliable source of information. There are other approaches to teaching and the disciplines of these approaches vary. We have outlined these different approaches to learning in the graph below.


Learner Centered Teacher Centered
Interactive Teacher Dominated
Integrated Collaborative
Direct Guided


What’s the Difference between Learning and Teaching?

Differentiating learning and teaching is very easy. In direct definition, teaching is giving lessons about a particular subject to a group of learners. While learning is gaining knowledge by studying, being taught and experiencing. Many will assume that teaching is more important than learning, the truth is, learning is more important because it’s the end goal of teaching. Students can learn without teachers, but teachers can’t teach without learners.



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