Noooooooooooooooooo! Not More Drivel on Learning Styles!!!

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Hmm. Or is that: “Sigh”  


ASTD Launches a Revised Competency Model for the Profession

Which includes…

  • leveraging the learning styles and preferences of new generations entering the workforce and capturing the knowledge of those leaving it – See more – here.


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Why Is the Research on Learning Styles Still Being Dismissed by Some Learning Leaders and Practitioners?

And some Professional Organizations?

From an article I wrote in late 2011 for elearn Magazine…

I have been battling the notion of “designing instruction for learning styles” in my own quixotic fashion for a couple of decades now. In my attempt to be a good steward of my clients’ shareholders’ equity I wished to help them avoid faddish instructional design practices that have been disproven by empirical research. I first learned back in the 1980s at NSPI (now ISPI) conferences that while self-reported learning style preferences do exist, that designing instruction to accommodate them has no basis.

When I posted yet again on this topic on my blog a couple of months ago and then sent a Tweet out about it—Jane Bozarth, EIC of this magazine, invited me to publish an article. I accepted and decided to reach out to the usual suspects, those in my professional crowd who know the research, for their inputs. As I am but a practitioner attempting to follow what I have learned over the years about the research, I am not steeped in that research and able to cite it, they can.

Here is some of what I got back that day and shared with Jane to show her I was “on it.”

For more – the link to this article is – here – or just grab the PDF here: elearn Magazine_ Why Is the Research on Learning Styles Still Being Dismissed by Some Learning Leaders and Practitioners_

Here is a short video of Rob Foshay talking about this at ISPI in 2000

And here is Daniel Willingham on the topic

Here is my page on this web site about Learning Styles


The Enterprise cannot afford such nonsense.

There are real issues of significant value to address – and there are real evidence based practices to employ.

Learning Styles isn’t one of them.

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2 comments on “Noooooooooooooooooo! Not More Drivel on Learning Styles!!!

  1. Pingback: T&D: Learning Styles Are Bogus | EPPIC - Pursuing Performance

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