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Shedding new light on the myth of 'learning styles'

05 October 2016

The idea that we learn more effectively when we’re taught via our preferred “learning style” – such as through pictures, written words, or by sound – is popular with students and teachers alike. However a new paper discussed on our Research Digest suggests that although we may feel we learn better via our preferred style, in reality this is often not the case.

In fact a recent survey found that although 93 per cent of British teachers believe in the idea this flies in the face of the fact that laboratory tests have consistently failed to find support for the concept.

So why does the myth of learning styles refuse to die?

A new study in the British Journal of Psychology uncovers a compelling reason – when learning via what we think is our preferred style, it feels as though we have learned more effectively, even though we haven’t.


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