Learning Styles vs Academic Ability – a Study

This study investigated whether planning lesson around learning styles improved student performance, compared to planning lessons on the basis of academic ability. It found that planning lessons based around learning style preferences is no more effective for student achievement than planning lessons based around differences in academic ability. There’s certainly more work involved in planning lessons around learning styles, as opposed to around academic ability, yet apparently no improvement in learning outcomes. Is it possible that the idea of planning lessons around learning styles was just a fad?

Allcock, S., J., and Hulme, J., A. (2010) Learning styles in the classroom: Educational benefit or planning exercise?  Retrieved from: http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ920100.pdf

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