Finley, Are Learning Styles Real – and Useful?

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Todd Finley has an article over at Edutopia that looks 9 varying viewpoints by “learning experts” on learning styles.  The 9 viewpoints come from:
  1. Harold Pashler, Mark McDaniel, Doug Rohrer, and Robert A. Bjork
  2. Mark K. Smith
  3. David J.M. Kraemer, Lauren M. Rosenberg, and Sharon L. Thompson-Schill
  4. Stephen Downes
  5. Howard Gardner
  6. Eric Jensen
  7. Annie Murphy Paul
  8. Carol Tomlinson
  9. David Glenn

The article provides a useful summary of the various viewpoints from these learning experts.  They address most of the pertinent issues associated with learning styles.

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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