In this episode of the Trainer Tools podcast, Garry Platt gives the ubiquitous learning styles theory (or theories) a jolly good kicking and talks through research that calls into question their validity and usefulness (to put it politely).
I stopped using learning styles to structure learning workshops some years ago, mainly because I continually tweaked things and replaced things that worked less well with things that worked better, and this meant, quite unintentionally, learning styles fell by the wayside. This was a pragmatic approach that accidentally stumbled into the same place as Garry discusses in this podcast.
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Here are the links to the research that Garry cites throughout the podcast:
- Learning styles and pedagogy in post-16 learning report by Frank Coffield, David Moseley, Elaine Hall, and Kathryn Ecclestone published by the Learning and Skills Research Centre (2004)
- A critique of the research on learning styles article by Lynn Curry published by Educational Leadership journal (1990)
- Learning styles: an introduction to the research literature published by Becta (2005)
- All you need to know about the ‘learning styles’ myth article in two minutes by Sacha Chua (2015)
- The concept of different learning styles is one of the greatest neuroscience myths article by Olivia Goldhill (2016)
- Learning styles: fact and fiction – a conference report article by Derek Bruff (2011)
Garry Platt is an experienced training consultant with more than 30 years experience in the business. He has worked with a number of international organisations helping them to enhance their approach to training and development … read more about Garry here.