L&D: The Learning Style Myth Lives On


Very sadly.


Why Does It Live On?

Cha Ching – is part of the answer.


What Would a Good Steward of Shareholder Equity Do?

Learn Fact from Fiction … and Act Accordingly.


Need a New Year’s Resolution?

Embrace the Science of Learning and shed the fads and fallacies all too prevalent in the profession.


What You Need To Do Is Match the Material To Be Learned to the Presentation Format, Not You

Ben Ambridge: 10 Myths About Psychology: Debunked

Video is 15 minutes in length.

Note: Learning Styles are addressed beginning at about the 3:35 mark.

Fast talker and with his Brit accent – Ben is not always easy to follow — but/and it is a great message.

Transcript available.

Learning Styles

… is addressed as one of the 10. From the transcript:

Learning styles are made up and are not supported by scientific evidence.

So we know this because in tightly controlled experimental studies, when learners are given material to learn either in their preferred style or an opposite style, it makes no difference at all to the amount of information that they retain. And if you think about it for just a second, it’s just obvious that this has to be true.

It’s obvious that the best presentation format depends not on you, but on what you’re trying to learn.

Could you learn to drive a car, for example, just by listening to someone telling you what to do with no kinesthetic experience?

Could you solve simultaneous equations by talking them through in your head and without writing them down?

Could you review for your architecture exams using interpretive dance if you’re a kinesthetic learner?

No. What you need to do is match the material to be learned to the presentation format, not you.

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From Me

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

By Guy W. Wallace / eLearn Magazine – November 2011– here.

From Others

Learning Styles – A Bridge to Nowhere?

There Is No Such Thing as “Learning Styles”
by Sigmund Tobias, Fordham University

Published in Summer 2001 in the CADDI Newsletter: Pursuing Performance – here– and in a post here:

Debunking the Myth – There Is No Such Thing As “Learning Styles”


Ruth Clark, PhD – Evidence-Based Training: Debunking the Myth of Learning Styles

– a short summary of Ruth Clark’s book where she addresses the myth of learning styles. From: http://learnstreaming.com/7-resources-explaining-the-learning-styles-myth/ – also: http://clarktraining.com/blog/?p=26


The Myth of Learning Styles

– detailed article from Cedar Riener and Daniel Willingham about why learning styles are a myth. From: http://learnstreaming.com/7-resources-explaining-the-learning-styles-myth/


From Will Thallheimer, PhD – http://www.willatworklearning.com/2010/02/learning-styles-reviewed-by-association-for-psychological-science-and-found-wanting.html

Will and others are offering a $5,000.00 (US) reward to anyone who can “prove” impacting Learning via designing for Learning Styles preferences: http://www.willatworklearning.com/2006/08/learning_styles.html – updated 08-04-2014: http://www.willatworklearning.com/2014/08/learning-styles-challenge-year-eight.html

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One comment on “L&D: The Learning Style Myth Lives On

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

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