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Question:learning styles Q&A

The head of our school asked me to look into learning profile assessments for students. He mentioned the MMTIC and my mind went to the Herman Brain dominance. Do you have any resources you could recommend me check out? The goal is to help students learn about how they like to learn and incorporate this all into the work we are doing with MBE.

Any thoughts or sources you think of off the top of your head, would be much appreciated!

Julia says:

These are great questions and I'm sure a lot of school/teachers share this question about learning profiles/types. As it turns out, research shows that learning styles are actually a neuromyth. Personality tests like MBTI and MMTIC try to place people into learning "types" when in fact, most people are a mix of many different tendencies. It's true that we have learning preferences and because of those preferences we create stronger neural networks for certain learning approaches over others. But, it is not something that is inherent or fixed. Our approaches to learning can change based on our interest and application. For example, people with severe dyslexia may prefer to listen to rather than read a text. However, they can overcome that bias when they are strongly interested in the subject matter. Does that make sense?

I've listed a few references below where you can read more about this topic if you like. What I'd recommend instead of a learning profile assessment is helping children learn more about their brains and how learning happens in general. This will ignite their metacognitive abilities (thinking about how they think and learn). It will have the added bonus of teaching them that they can not separate their brain from their body; developing strong sleep, exercise, and nutrition habits will actually make them smarter!

I hope this answer is in-line with what you were thinking.

References

Chen, A. (2018). How accurate are personality tests. Scientific American.

 
Furey, W. (2020). The stubborn myth of “learning styles” State teacher-license prep materials peddle a debunked theory. Education Next, 20(3), 8-13.
Newton, P. M. (2015). The learning styles myth is thriving in higher education. Frontiers in Psychology6, Article 1908. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01908 
Papadatou-Pastou, M., Touloumakos, A.K., Koutouveli, C., & Barrable, A. (2020). The learning styles neuromyth: When the same term means different things to different teachers. European Journal of Psychology of Education. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10212-020-00485-2

June 17, 2022 by Julia Volkman
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