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Learning Styles? umm…never mind

Posted by aphillieteacher on September 7, 2010

The New York Times published an article on Sept 6 titled, Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits You can find it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/07/health/views/07mind.html?_r=1&ref=education

Aside from the fact that it reports interesting ways that the mind learns and retains information, it also points out that a pillar of “good teaching” has been actually debunked.

Too bad no one told our district about it. Here’s  a paragraph from the article:

Take the notion that children have specific learning styles, that some are “visual learners” and others are auditory; some are “left-brain” students, others “right-brain.” In a recent review of the relevant research, published in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a team of psychologists found almost zero support for such ideas. “The contrast between the enormous popularity of the learning-styles approach within education and the lack of credible evidence for its utility is, in our opinion, striking and disturbing,” the researchers concluded.

huh. Remember learning styles? Remember being told that if your lessons didn’t address every learning style you weren’t doing a competent job?

My advice everyone: just keep on doing your good work. Don’t stress over whatever is the latest craze in your district. If you wait a few years, they’ll come up with something else.


One Response to “Learning Styles? umm…never mind”

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