Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
A writer looks into learning styles as part of David Kelly's Learning Styles Awareness day and concludes, unsurprisingly, that "the research support for learning styles is pretty flimsy." I won't even bother defending the approach that says instructors should adapt their teaching to suit individuals' learning styles; neither the defense nor the refutation of learning styles within the instructivist paradigm is interesting to me (though it seems to me that the opponents of learning styles just can't let it go). But of more interest: would learners, left to their own devices, adopt different learning styles? I think they would - which is a prima facie argument that learning styles exist. Or conversely, that the people who oppose learning styles must base their argument on their lack of utility, not their lack of existence.

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