For a given lesson, one instructional technique turns out to be optimal for all groups of students, even though students with certain learning styles may not love that technique.So learning style ends up being about taste--whether students like a particular teaching style--and not so much about what they learn.
What this means for instructors, Mr. Pashler says, is that they should not waste any time or energy trying to determine the composition of learning styles in their classrooms.
Instead, teachers should worry about matching their instruction to the content they are teaching. Some concepts are best taught through hands-on work, some are best taught through lectures, and some are best taught through group discussions.
And some stuff must be taught through lectures if there are 600 students in the room. But one can mix things up in lecture to keep things alive--video, demonstrations, music, even, dare I say it, humor.
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