Because I can't resist poking the bear, here's an article on learning styles. Kris Taylor suggests that there are seven major learning styles, and offers advice on popular teaching strategies that account for them, such as visualization, differentiation, social learning, and more. Of more interest is his discussion on whether learning styles are a myth. I like the way he describes the stereotypical presentation of learning styles by critics, and offers a more nuanced version. "Everybody's mind is different," he writes, "and has their own way of thinking, it is likely that they will prefer different conditions in which they can pay attention and engage in a presentation." Pointing this out to people, making them more reflective in their own learning, and being aware of this as instructors, is probably a good thing.
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