Monday, September 6, 2010

Psychologists say NO to Learning Styles

I'll have to read the rest of this NYTimes article carefully, but this paragraph stood out:
Take the notion that children have specific learning styles, that some are “visual learners” and others are auditory; some are “left-brain” students, others “right-brain.” In a recent review of the relevant research, published in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a team of psychologists found almost zero support for such ideas. “The contrast between the enormous popularity of the learning-styles approach within education and the lack of credible evidence for its utility is, in our opinion, striking and disturbing,” the researchers concluded.
Hallelujah. Striking and disturbing, indeed.


  1. Fantastic article. I just read it in its entirety, printed it, and emailed it to our math curriculum coordinator. I plan on reading it again later. I plan on sharing the suggestions in the article with my students. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. I wrote a commentary in regards to the article too. A few points came to my mind when I read the article as well. I am an early childhood teacher, specifically work with pre-k and kindergarten (and LOVE TEACHING math to them too) so my point of view is from the early childhood perspective.