Learning styles = astrology ?

Nov 01, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"If you make one change as a result of reading this book," writes Ruth Clark in book reviewed in this post, "give up the learning style myth!" I think she must mean 'one of these three learning style myths', and 'based on better evidence than provided in the sample chapter'. And I doubt that we would even disagree, because she also says, in the same chapter, "The lack of universal effectiveness of most instructional techniques is the basis for what I call the "No Yellow Brick Road Effect." By that I mean that there are few best practices that will work for all learners and for all learning goals." Which was the point of learning styles in the first place (before being flaked and formed and offered as educational chicken nuggets). All of that said, based on Chapter 1 this is a cracking good book, a breeze to read, and authoritative to boot. See also Harold Jarche.
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