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Improving Reading Retention
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RE: Improving Reading Retention
Some of the comments here reference "learning styles". As cognitive psychologist Daniel Willingham explains in this video, numerous experiments demonstrate that learning styles do not exist.



That is, given a specific piece of subject matter to teach/learn, it is NOT the case that one group of students, the "visual learners", will learn more successfully if it's presented visually as compared to auditorily, whereas for a different group of students, the "auditory learners", the results are reversed. There is no such thing as a "visual learner", an "auditory learner", a "kinesthetic learner", and so on.

Learning styles theory is hugely popular with educators because it calls for specialized teacher training, consultants, professionalization of the field, etc. I once went to a workshop where teachers were instructed to group their students into rows in the classroom by learning style and teach the material differently to each row. Yeah, right. Some people are better learners than others, and some material is best learned via a particular mode (visually, auditorily, etc.) by everyone, but there are no special snowflakes.
09-08-2016 12:19 PM
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RE: Improving Reading Retention - Kaligula - 08-27-2016, 12:16 AM
RE: Improving Reading Retention - Kaligula - 08-30-2016, 04:22 AM
RE: Improving Reading Retention - ElFlaco - 09-08-2016 12:19 PM

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