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Unlearning Learning Styles

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“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 References: Dweck, C. S. (2006). Mindset: The new psychology of success. Random House Incorporated. Chicago Kirschner, P. A. (2017). Stop propagating the learning styles myth. Computers & Education, 106, 166-171. Knoll, A. R., Otani, H., Skeel, R. L., & Van Horn, K. R. (2017). Learning style, judgements of learning, and learning of verbal and visual information. British Journal of Psychology, 108(3), 544-563. Massa, L. J., & Mayer, R. E. (2006). Testing the ATI hypothesimultimedia instruction accommodate verbalizer-visualizer cognitive style?. Learning and Individual Differences, 16(4), 321-335. Newton, P. M. (2015). The learning styles myth is thriving in higher education. Frontiers in psychology, 6. Stahl, S. A. (1999). Different Strokes for Different Folks? A Critique of Learning Styles. American educator, 23(3), 27-31.
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RNDM MRKTG (11 months ago)
I was on the right path all along. I turned my notes 📝 into quizzes and made multiple copies of it.

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