Over a decade ago the idea that students exhibited learning styles was gaining ground. The underlying assumption was that students had a preferred learning style with might involve receiving written information or auditory or sensory stimuli. A number of consultants made a good living delivering INSET to staff which changed the ways in which the curriculum was delivered to individual children.
I was always sceptical of the concept of Learning Styles. It seemed pretty deterministic in its outlook. I remember visiting a school which had invested heavily in the idea – each child had an exercise book which was colour coded to reflect their particular ‘learning style’ and the teacher was working overtime to try and ensure that the student received a learning stimulus in the particular format that applied to them.
Even had the idea that individual learning had preferred styles held water, was the idea to reinforce this preference or enable them to learn in a range of styles which build their general ability to learn independently? Certainly the wider world would not conveniently provide only those learning opportunities that met the learning preference of the child.
This Guardian letter undersigned by a large number of educational researchers provides a more holistic challenge to the whole idea of learning styles:No evidence to back idea of learning styles | Letter | Education | The Guardian