Stop recycling learning styles

“You need to include learning styles to show how you’re going to differentiate for each learner”

This is a comment that a learner on my course received from their employer last week. I often hear comments about learning styles and still have to challenge the beliefs of teachers and learners about it… IT’S 2016 god damn it!! It’s almost as if the whole notion is being recycled, rather than trashed.


It was over a decade ago that Coffield et al (2004) critically reviewed the literature on learning styles and examined in detail 13 of the most influential models. Apart from the fact that they could find no credible evidence for the utility of any model, during their research, they stumbled across a whopping 71 models of learning styles! Let’s imagine that every learner had each of these types of learning style (imagine each was dichotomous), then according to DeBruyckere et al, that would be 2 to the…

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