“I am an auditory learner, and this class doesn’t fit my learning style!”
We’ve all heard that before from either a friend or the student sitting beside us in class. The topic of learning styles is a controversial one in the field of pedagogy, i.e. the teaching methods and practises. Generally, students categorize themselves as one of the following types of learner: visual, auditory, verbal, or kinesthetic. However, the idea that students learn best when they receive information in their preferred learning style is extremely flawed.
Currently, there is no scientific research that supports the existence of learning styles. This video will discuss where this (incorrect!) theory branched from, and why it continues to be popular among educators and students - despite the lack of support. From there, we will delve into scientific studies that show that matching teaching styles to a specific learning style does not improve the outcomes. With this, we hope to enlighten students and educators about ways to enhance learning inside and outside the classroom!
This video was created by McMaster Demystifying Medicine students Shara Chowdhury, Vanessa Miranda, Mishaal Qazi, and Peter Tso
Copyright McMaster University 2017
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