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RESOURCE: Learning Styles: A Misguided Attempt to Highlight Individual Differences in Learners

In today’s blog post, I would like to give a summary of a review paper by An and Carr (2) that was recently published and that caught my attention. I find their review interesting because they highlight an important and new criticism of the learning styles approach: They state that “learning styles theories are a blend of borrowed constructs or measures from other, better-developed theories”. They further claim that within the learning styles framework, these borrowed constructs are misused and incorrectly interpreted leading to detrimental and useless recommendations. In this review, an attempt is made to connect existing learning styles concepts back to actual evidence-based concepts of human cognition and tie them to helpful recommendations for teachers. It acknowledges that there are individual differences between learners, but not as conceptualized by the learning styles approach.

via Learning Styles: A Misguided Attempt to Highlight Individual Differences in Learners — The Learning Scientists.

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Brian S McGowan, PhD

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Brian is a research scientist and educational technologist. He helped transform Pfizer’s Medical Education Group and previously served in educational leadership roles at HealthAnswers, Inc.; Acumentis, LLC.; Cephalon; and Wyeth. He taught graduate medical education programs at Arcadia University for 10 years. Dr. McGowan recently authored the book “#socialQI: Simple Solutions for Improving Your Healthcare” and has been invited to speak internationally on the subject of information flow, technology, and learning in healthcare.

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