Sep. 8th, 2010

muscadine: (Sociology)
It turns out learning styles may not be all that important after all:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/07/health/views/07mind.html
The current science doesn't lend much support to the idea of matching learning and teaching styles. Learning styles predict enjoyment of a particular teaching style and possibly even aptitude for learning that involves using that style, but it turns out in terms of actual knowledge retention and such there may be a "best" way to teach materials that doesn't necessarily match one's preferred learning style.

For example, both verbal and kinesthetic learners may learn about the structure of complex molecules better through building models in a lab rather than through reading about molecular design. Kinesthetic learners enjoy the lab work more and in fact do better than verbal students on the test after the lab, but when they do the reading exercise they don't do any worse than the verbal students. Verbal students, on the other hand, enjoy the reading more, but those that do the reading exercise do worse than verbal students who do the lab work.

Oh well.

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