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The Myth of Learning Styles

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Ignite presentation from Kiwi Foo Camp 2011.

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  • How great to have a presentation that talks some sense in this area - I too asked my husband the question about cooking a new recipe and he too said he would NOT phone a friend - making him an unauditory music teacher! I am not against teaching students that they need to look at how they learn - I just think few of these models are worth their time.
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  • One might argue that Ms Mitchell ALSO fails to present ’scientific evidence’ that classroom material inter alia, more naturally lends itself to a visual or auditory presentation, rather than preconceived notions about what constitutes a students ’natural’ learning dispositions,...however touche, Joshua....another ’shibboleth’ exposed.... I still personally lean towards an adaptation of the ’narrative’ nature of our own psychology (as I am skeptical of the Social constructionists .....behaviourism ’rejigged’) into pedagogical approaches... old-fashioned as I may be.... still harking to Jung, after all these years....
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  • I like the theory of learning styles to help me become aware that there are multiple ways to convey information and that not everyone uses just one. Thus, as a teacher, I my teaching has deepened due to the awareness o learning styles has offered. However, labeling a learner any one particular style is certainly problematic. As human beings, we have all learning styles, less we have some form of handicap. I'm grateful to knowing about learning styles, but using them to label people as one or the other is an error.
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  • While I agree that simplistic models and putting people in rigid categories are both useless, that doesn't mean providing different types of input for your audience is not a productive way to present. We do have preferred ways of taking in information. I hate when people read things to me. Just give it to me and let me read it. My friend, who is mildly dyslexic, would vastly prefer you read it to her. Providing an audience with a wealth of visual, auditory and experiential modes, by using images, written words, acronyms, activities and stories to connect abstract concepts to more tangible mental hooks, gives them multiple ways of both understanding and remembering your point.
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  • This is totally great, I loved it, thanks
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The Myth of Learning Styles

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  2. 2. Learning Styles Theory<br />
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  5. 5. 1<br />Preferred way of receiving information<br />2<br />Learn better<br />
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  7. 7. When cooking a new recipe do you:<br />A<br />B<br />C<br />Follow a recipe<br />Call a friend for help<br />Follow my instincts<br />Photo credit: Robert Couse-Baker<br />
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  13. 13. 1<br />Preferred way of receiving information<br />2<br />Learn better<br />
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  15. 15. Cognitive Styles Index<br />Motivational Style Profile<br />Dunn and Dunn Learning Styles<br />Study Skills Inventory<br />3800 References<br />Mind Styles Model<br />Brain Dominance Instrument<br />Honey & Mumford Learning Styles<br />Jackson’s Learning Styles<br />Kolb’s Learning Styles Inventory<br />Myers-Briggs Type Indicator<br />Cognitive Styles Analysis<br />Thinking Styles Inventory<br />Vermunt’s Learning Styles<br />
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  17. 17. Photo credit: Katie Cowdon<br />
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