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by Cedar Riener and Daniel Willingham (from Change, The Magazine of Higher Learning, September/October, 2010). The Myth of Learning Styles. “There is no credible evidence that learning styles exist.” Much discussion in the literature related to style versus preference.

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the myth of learning styles

by

Cedar Riener and Daniel Willingham

(from Change, The Magazine of Higher Learning, September/October, 2010)

The Myth of Learning Styles
according to reiner willingham

“There is no credible evidence that learning styles exist.”

  • Much discussion in the literature related to style versus preference
According to Reiner & Willingham…
learning style theory claims

Different students have different modes of learning, and their learning could be improved by matching one's teaching with that preferred learning mode.

  • Supporters equate style with the preferred bodily sense through which one receives information, whether it be visual, auditory, or kinesthetic (for some reason, no one claims that there are tactile or olfactory learners).
Learning Style Theory claims…
learning styles myth debunked

Students may have preferences about how to learn, but no evidence suggests that catering to those preferences will lead to better learning.

Learning Styles Myth Debunked
as college educators

…we should apply present information in the most appropriate manner for the content of the class and for the level of prior knowledge, ability, and interests of that particular set of students.

As college educators…