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The Myth of 'Learning Styles' (from The Atlantic)

  • 1.  The Myth of 'Learning Styles' (from The Atlantic)

    Posted 04-12-2018 14:09

    This is from The Atlantic, which I believe is a free/non-subscription site. An interesting article; couple of excerpts below. Probs a 5 minute read.  - MM

    The Myth of 'Learning Styles'
    A popular theory that some people learn better visually or aurally keeps getting debunked.

    APR 11, 2018



    …Vark, which stands for "Visual, Auditory, Reading, and Kinesthetic," sorts students into those who learn best visually, through aural or heard information, through reading, or through "kinesthetic" experiences….

     …Either way, "by the time we get students at college," said Indiana University professor Polly Husmann, "they've already been told 'You're a visual learner.'" Or aural, or what have you.

    The thing is, they're not. Or at least, a lot of evidence suggests that people aren't really one certain kind of learner or another…

    Fleming did not return a request for comment by press time, but his own papers seem to warn against getting too carried away by vark. "I sometimes believe that students and teachers invest more belief in vark than it warrants," he wrote in 2006. "You can like something, but be good at it or not good at it ... Vark tells you about how you like to communicate. It tells you nothing about the quality of that communication."

    In other words, it might help you learn about yourself, but it might not help you learn.

    Michael McDonough
    TRW Director of Amateur Licensing
    New York