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Busting The Learning Style Myth

Busting The Learning Style Myth

Why then does the learning styles myth survive despite the evidence and experts’ red-faced arguments? Because like all neuromyths, it tells us something we want to believe.

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People prefer brain-based accounts of behaviour, and they like to categorize people into types. Learning styles allow people to do both of those things.

There is a grain of truth to the myth. Namely, people do differ in their abilities and preferences. The VARK learning model, for example, classifies people as either visual, auditory, reading/writing, or kinesthetic (hands-on) learners. Each method is part of the learning process...

  • A large percentage of the population believe they were born with an innate learning style. 
  • Studies show no evidence for learning styles, and many researchers fear they may discourage proven educational practices. 
  • People, especially children, are learning generalists who sho...

A prevalent neuromyth is that of “learning styles.”

Engage with subjects in as many material ways as possible. Read, converse, seek out examples, get hands-on, and experiment. While we may have preferences, we should also challenge ourselves to try new methods and re-engage with less-favoured ones. 

Recent studies found no supporting evidence that learning was enhanced by a slavish dedication to a student’s learning style

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