The Myth of Learning Styles
Date posted: January 13, 2021
There are many myths about how we learn. One of the most persistent is learning styles. Learning styles are appealing and widely accepted, but there’s no evidence to support their existence.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t differentiate instruction. Individual differences and preferences exist. One danger of the concept of learning styles is that learners may feel that their learning ability is limited.
For some of the more recent thinking on learning styles, read:
- Belief in Learning Styles Myth May Be Detrimental
- Enough with the “Learning Styles” Already!
- Let’s scrap the neuromyths: No, you aren’t a ‘visual’ or ‘auditory’ person
- The Myth of ‘Learning Styles’
- ‘Neuromyth’ or Helpful Model?
Interested in learning more about this and other myths about the brain and learning? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to borrow Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa’s Neuromyths: Debunking False Ideas about the Brain. It includes a description, origin and ‘what we know now’ for each myth.