englewood

3165 S. Washington St.
Englewood, CO 80113
(720) 551–5499

plum hill

3060 S. Dahlia St.
Denver, CO 80222
(720) 580–3915

What We are...

Asking.

Ideas

Do some of the failures in learning at an early age contribute to depression and anxiety found in society?

For a teacher to use the learning styles model, the teacher has to be able to correctly match each student to a learning style. This is a generally unsuccessful exercise due to inappropriate tools. For an assessment tool to be useful, it needs to be a valid test, which is to say that it actually has to put all of the “style A” students in the “A” group, all of the “style B” students in the “B” group, and so forth. Research indicates that very few, if any, of the psychometric tests promoted in conjunction with the learning styles idea have the necessary validity to be useful in practice. Some models, such as Anthony Gregorc’s Gregorc Style Delineator, are “theoretically and psychometrically flawed” and “not suitable for the assessment of individuals”.

Furthermore, knowing a student’s learning style does not seem to have any practical value for the student. In 2019, the American Association of Anatomists published a study that investigated whether learning styles had any effect on the final outcomes of an anatomy course. The study found that even when being told they had a specific learning style, the students did not change their study habits, and those students that did use their theoretically dominant learning style had no greater success in the course; specific study strategies, unrelated to learning style, were positively correlated with final course grade.