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“Perhaps the most popular and influential myth is that a student learns most effectively when they are taught in their preferred learning style,” writes Howard-Jones in his 2014 paper on the subject.
In this video Professor Daniel Willingham puts forward a compelling argument that learning styles are a myth and describes research purportedly supporting his stance. (It is interesting to read some of the comments and discussion below the video too). You can also listen to a podcast interview with Willingham: The Learning Styles Myth: An Interview with Daniel Willingham, which is introduced as "If there is no scientific support for learning styles then whey do we believe they must exist? We also discuss multiple intelligences. While there is support for this idea, many people are confused as to what Howard Gardner really says about his own theory. Let’s see if we can set the record straight about learning styles, abilities, and intelligences in this episode of The Psych Files". For a more recent article on the subject, you might also want to check out The concept of different “learning styles” is one of the greatest n... (Jan 2016).
Carol Anne Tomlinson offers a balanced, considered riposte to Daniel Willingham in this blog post. And it is also worth reading this book review about 10 things I learned from ‘Why Don’t Students Like School?’, which was also written by Daniel Willingham. The book adds much greater depth and insight into Willingham's position on learning and how we learn.
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