Summary of The Myth of "Learning Styles"

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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.



The notion that people have different “learning styles” is now quite widespread. By 2014, around 90% of teachers in various countries subscribed to it. In the early 1990s, Neil Fleming – a school inspector in New Zealand – wondered whether the way instructors presented information had an impact on how many students they reached. He developed the VARK questionnaire that divided students into visual, auditory, reading and kinesthetic learners. His approach was simple and intuitive, and many people turned to the VARK system to find out how to maximize their learning potential...

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