# Number of explainers and learners

From Learning

This page classifies learning situations by the number of explainers (e.g. teachers) and number of learners (e.g. students) present.

Number of explainers | Number of learners | Condition on identity of explainers and learners | Examples |
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one | one | the explainer is not the learner | one-on-one tutoring |

one | one | explainer is the learner | self-studying, solitary original research |

one | many | the explainer is not one of the learners | classroom learning, textbook, blog post explaining an idea, one tutor with many students |

one | many | explainer is one of the learners | a group of students studying together and one of them is explaining something, a student-teacher who teaches a class and is simultaneously learning how to teach |

many | one | the learner is not an explainer | parents explaining something to a child |

many | one | the learner is also an explainer but there are other explainers who are not the learner | an autodidact who also receives guidance from a tutor nearby |

many | many | none of the explainers are a learner | classroom with multiple teachers, textbook with multiple authors |

many | many | each explainer is also a learner | a mutual exchange of information in a conversation, collaborative original research |

many | many | some of the explainers are not learners, some of the explainers are learners | a classroom with one teacher and one-student-teacher who take turns teaching |