Putting learning styles to rest

On “Learning Styles: Concepts and Evidence” (pdf):

Next: An explosion of studies seeking to validate the learning-style hypothesis, or a dusting-off of that old filing cabinet of studies with null results.

Findings aside, this is a methodologically crisp, if “thin” (according to Kolb) review of the learning styles literature, with a lovely explication of two-way interactions and crossover interactions in particular. Those who teach social science research methods may find the concrete examples and extended discussion of [aptitude, style, personality]-by-treatment interactions useful in their classes.

Pashler, H., McDaniel, M., Rohrer, D., & Bjork, R. (2008). Learning Styles: Concepts and Evidence. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 9, 103-119.

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About Ming Ling
I’m an educator and researcher (trained as a cognitive scientist) who is passionate about understanding and improving how people learn. In my professional and personal lives, I seek to integrate research on learning with real-life practices that actually make a difference in how learning happens.

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