Article – Learning styles, Mindsets, and Adaptive Strategies

August 14th, 2015

Matt Bury has wrote an article on the topic “Learning Styles, Mindsets and Adaptive Strategies“. The article exposes one of the many negative effects of using learning styles questionnaires and encouraging learners to adapt their learning strategies to them.

Here are the excerpts from the article:

Do learning styles promote learning? Are they helpful for learners at the various stages/levels of their development of understanding in their subject areas? Should learners use learning styles psychometric tests to determine how they should view their study habits and how they approach studying? In this article, I argue that far from being helpful, the fixed mindset that learning styles promotes acts to hinder learners’ cognitive and metacognitive development and can be counter-productive in the longer term. I describe how learning styles encourage learners to use the same study strategies regardless of context, as personal rules of thumb, and that this encourages learners to ossify their study habits rather than to allow them to develop and grow.

You can read the full article here and it is covered under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license.