Teachers must ditch ‘neuromyth’ of learning styles, say scientists

Posted in Teaching on March 14th, 2017 by steve

“Teaching children according to their individual ‘learning style’ does not achieve better results and should be ditched by schools in favour of evidence-based practice, according to leading scientists. Thirty eminent academics from the worlds of neuroscience, education and psychology have signed a letter to the Guardian voicing their concern about the popularity of the learning style approach among some teachers …” (more)

[Sally Weale, Guardian, 13 March]

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The myth of learning styles

Posted in Teaching on November 17th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Before becoming a writer, I spent a year-and-a-half training as a science teacher and then working at a secondary school in Croydon. During my short stint in education, the biggest buzzword was ‘differentiation’ …” (more)

[Shane O’Mara’s Blog, 17 November]

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Why important education research often gets ignored

Posted in Teaching on October 16th, 2014 by steve

UK“Teachers’ professional development is ‘fragmented, occasional and insufficiently informed by research’. These were the conclusions of a recent British Educational Research Association (BERA) and Royal Society of Arts inquiry into the issue in the UK …” (more)

[Dennis Hayes, The Conversation, 16 October]

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Chalk Talk

Posted in Teaching on October 29th, 2013 by steve

Beat the bullies. Bullying is a big challenge both in schools and outside, and some new initiatives aim to tackle it …” (more)

[Irish Times, 29 October]

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Is there anything to be said for knowing your learning style?

Posted in Teaching on April 1st, 2013 by steve

“As a student, I found writing literary reviews and essays for class really difficult. The thing is; you won’t get away from this type of assessment. When studying any subject, you must be able to pull data together, compare and discuss points and/or make a conclusion …” (more)

[Deirdre Ruane, Science Calling!, 1 April]

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The Era of the Plausible

Posted in Teaching on February 11th, 2013 by steve

“Much of what we do these days is driven by plausibility rather than being truly evidence-based; something of an irony in this scientific age. For example, the persistence of many alternative medical treatments is due to there being an air of plausibility about them …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 11 February]

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Learning Styles Don’t Exist

Posted in Teaching on April 10th, 2011 by steve

“I came to this interesting video via Tom Whitby on The Educator’s PLN, explaining the theory of learning styles and the relationship (or lack thereof) it has to helping students to learn something new …” (more, video)

[Kelli McGraw, 8 April]

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The Myth of Learning Styles

Posted in Teaching on September 13th, 2010 by steve

“There is no credible evidence that learning styles exist. While we will elaborate on this assertion, it is important to counteract the real harm that may be done by equivocating on the matter. In what follows, we will begin by defining ‘learning styles’; then we will address the claims made by those who believe that they exist, in the process acknowledging what we consider the valid claims of learning-styles theorists …” (more)

[Cedar Riener and Daniel Willingham, Change, October)

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Matching Teaching Style to Learning Style May Not Help Students

Posted in Teaching on December 21st, 2009 by steve

“If you’ve ever sat through a teaching seminar, you’ve probably heard a lecture about ‘learning styles’. Perhaps you were told that some students are visual learners, some are auditory learners, and others are kinesthetic learners. Or maybe you were given one of the dozens of other learning-style taxonomies that scholars and consultants have developed …” (more)

[David Glenn, Chronicle of Higher Education, 15 December]

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