If you came of age in the late 1980s or later, chances are that you’ve been told that you are one of four types of learners: “visual, auditory, reading” or “kinesthetic.” Yet as Olga Khazan reports in The Atlantic, recent studies don’t support the conclusion that students necessarily learn better by using their preferred style. Lifelong learners everywhere will find Khazan’s conclusions eye-opening.
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Olga Khazan is a staff writer at The Atlantic and covers health, gender and science.
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8 months agoExcellent little paper.... There was an entire industry built around the four learning types. Strange that it didn't prove to be valid. I have always believed that a good learning course / curriculum should have a melange of all four types plus any other if feasible.
However, a word of caution, this should not lead to intuitive models getting the wrong end of the stick. That would be like going against the philosophical foundations of modern thinking.
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