I’ve just read an article about learning styles and the ways in which educators use the data to inform classroom practice, in this month’s Harvard Education Newsletter. The article suggests that whilst there may be preferences in how students like to process information, that the differing learning styles doesn’t actually do much to help them learn better. The article discussed the validity around the way the learning styles were ascertained in the classroom, given that there are so many different ways of testing learning styles and each learning style test may come from a specific psychological or sociological perspective.
This really got me thinking. How many of us, or our colleagues find out the preferred ‘learning style’ of our students and to what extent does this knowledge of learning styles impact on the way in which we deliver the curriculum?