Learning Styles Myth Debunked

24 Jul

Thank goodness for that, I thought I was missing the point of highly paid SLT, learning leaders and bought-in advisors; I’m now dis-illusioned on this and many other educational strategies touted as ‘magic wands’ by ‘ex-spurts’

The Learning Renaissance

Photograph: Alamy

Over a decade ago the idea that students exhibited learning styles was gaining ground. The underlying assumption was that students had a preferred learning style with might involve receiving written information or auditory or sensory stimuli. A number of consultants made a good living delivering INSET to staff which changed the ways in which the curriculum was delivered to individual children.

I was always sceptical of the concept of Learning Styles. It seemed pretty deterministic in its outlook.  I remember visiting a school which had invested heavily in the idea – each child had an exercise book which was colour coded to reflect their particular ‘learning style’ and the teacher was working overtime to try and ensure that the student received a learning stimulus in the particular format that applied to them.

Even had the idea that individual learning had preferred styles held water, was the idea to…

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