One More Nail in the Coffin for Learning Styles

Happy teacher listening to her students

Psychologists and teachers have varying opinions on learning styles and how far they actually benefit students. Although an overwhelming majority of teachers endorse this, psychologists have dismissed the concept based on more and more evidence gained through research. One example of this is a study that resulted in further proof that learning styles were affected more directly by teachers’ perceptions than of objective evidence. The results of the study showed that teachers typically adopt learning styles within a classroom context by relying on their own assessment of students’ learning styles; no association between the applied learning styles was correlated to the pupils’ IQ. In a changing academic environment, where more and more schools are taking on unconventional means to educate their pupils, parents should be wary of teaching styles in the guise of new methods that could actually disadvantage their child.

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