No Scientific Evidence for Learning Styles
Are you a visual learner or more of a verbal learner?
For more than 30 years, learning styles have been recognized as paths to better present information depending on the individual. During this time 71 styles of learning have been identified by various studies, including visual, auditory and tactile/kinaesthetic. Now, researchers say the difference may be just a myth.
A report published this month in Psychological Science in the Public Interest reviewed existing studies on learning styles and found that current research has not involved the type of randomized, controlled experimentation that would make the scientifically credible.
While the researchers don't dismiss learning style assessments completely, they note that proper research should be done to validate their usefulness. In the meantime, they wisely suggest that "limited education resources would better be devoted to adopting other educational practices that have a strong evidence base, of which there are an increasing number."
FULL TEXT: Learning Styles: Concepts and Evidence
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