Do learning styles even exist?

When I trained as an adult teacher (a while ago) it was all based on learning styles and differentiating lessons to take account of this. I was therefore surprised when researching to come across quite a bit of research indicating that this thinking was flawed. Watch the video with an open mind and see if you gain anything from it. I am interested to hear your thoughts on it in the comments.

Dr. Tesia Marshik who you see presenting this talk, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her research interests in educational psychology include student motivation, self-regulation, and teacher-student relationships. She states, “the belief in learning styles is so widespread, it is considered to be common sense. Few people ever challenge this belief, which has been deeply ingrained in our educational system. Teachers are routinely told that in order to be effective educators, they must identify & cater to individual students’ learning styles; it is estimated that around 90% of students believe that they have a specific learning style but research suggests that learning styles don’t actually exist! This presentation focuses on debunking this myth via research findings, explaining how/why the belief in learning styles is problematic, and examining the reasons why the belief persists despite the lack of evidence”.

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