SXSWedu’s Opening Keynote, Temple Grandin, Revisits ‘Learning Styles’

Michael Winters, EdSurge, Mar 11, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Although the concept of learning styles has been criticized for instructional ineffectiveness, Temple Grandin argues "that, when used effectively, these preferences can help teachers and parents find the right ways to engage kids in educational activities." The idea is to get beyond labeling and to find ways to help students focus on their strengths. "Once someone is labeled as belonging to one category, others will make assumptions about their goals and behaviors, leading to a deterioration of the relationship." The full video is available in this article.

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