What does research say about learning styles?

by Ted Murcray

This post kicks off a new series called “Ted Talks Teaching.” In this series, I have created videos that are 5 minutes or less that go over a key aspect of teaching. Often these videos will include teaching tips for what you can add to your toolbox right away. Others include important information to debunk commonly held misconceptions or information that contextualizes your teaching decisions. Hopefully, you will enjoy this series and find it useful.

In this first episode, I share the research around learning styles. The research just doesn’t support talking about and encouraging learning styles. Instead, instructors must understand how the brain typically takes in, processes, stores, and retrieves information. Then we can develop teaching practices that support those natural learning processes.

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