Chances are that, at some point, you have filled in a questionnaire that aims to diagnose your ‘learning style’. Friends will have confidently stated that they are, for example, a ‘visual learner’. The intention of such questionnaires is good — you have a style of learning, so try and learn using materials that match your style, and hey presto, things will work out great. Alas, evidence shows this is not true, even though many of your teachers and peers still believe that it is…
It is important to be clear exactly what learning styles theory is and is not. There are three basic ideas that underpin the theory of learning styles:
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