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Learning styles & the importance of critical self-reflection | Tesia Marshik | TEDxUWLaCrosse

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The belief in learning styles is so widespread, it is considered to be common sense. Few people ever challenge this belief, which has been deeply ingrained in our educational system. Teachers are routinely told that in order to be effective educators, they must identify & cater to individual students' learning styles; it is estimated that around 90% of students believe that they have a specific learning style but research suggests that learning styles don't actually exist! This presentation focuses on debunking this myth via research findings, explaining how/why the belief in learning styles is problematic, and examining the reasons why the belief persists despite the lack of evidence. Dr. Tesia Marshik is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her research interests in educational psychology include student motivation, self-regulation, and teacher-student relationships. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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59 (2 days ago)
Awesome!!!
Malika Sebou (7 days ago)
Your presentation reminds me of the Chinese proverb : Tell me and I forget , show me and I remember, involve me ,make me do, and I undestand.involvement leads to understancing is the key to learning
Martin Auckland (7 days ago)
Interesting presentation. It is clear that whilst we may identify with one particular learning style, all the theories agree that we have within us the ability to access any combination, and all the styles within that particular theory. Also that our "preference" can change in different situations..So in fact everything that you are saying is in part true as their are no learning styles that we cannot utilise to our benefit, as it is commonly agreed we just find that some work better than others in some circumstances. But to rebuff all the theorists as being wrong, may just be a way of being contraversial and standing out.. which has been achieved. Well Done..very thought provoking ... which adds the element of self reflection.
Walter Stadler (23 days ago)
Who paid for it to spread that BS saying telepathy does not work end learning styles are not there. I give you thousans of exapmles for it. We process much more information visually than from hearing. That is a proven fact. She says it has been proven in many ways. How and who she does not say. Also the moon is influencing earthy environment proven in millions of instances.
Jackson Gilbert (1 month ago)
i don't feel like watching this but need to for an assessment can someone summarise this bs
CapeDean (1 month ago)
It's not that learning styles don't exist, but that tailoring teaching methods to specific learning styles is no more beneficial to learning than teaching information and ideas in a variety of ways. This explains experimental studies resulting in students learning the same amount of tested information, even though it was (or was not) presented to them in their preferred learning style.
C.J. Willz (1 month ago)
How are you going to use a blanket research system to disprove a belief that everyone has a specific learning style. What if someone uses a little of all 3 learning styles, you are now going to say none of that truly matters? This is just another effort by the powers that be to control the masses with one way of thinking, its toxic. Accommodate people who are comfortable learning the way they want. Smh numbers, stats, evidence. Most evidence based research is just as fragile as beliefs when pertaining to how people think and learn
Kelsey Gay (1 month ago)
If misogyny comes into this forum and ruins the potential of the conversation we could have about this controversial topic, so help me God I will lose it. Some things are just too important to miss.
William Kern (1 month ago)
I found it pretty believable when I first heard about learning styles. Years went by, and never questioned it. As soon as I started hearing about the opposing viewpoint, I found that believable as well- more so when I started considering the number of people who stand to make a buck off of the idea. I'm no scientist, I never read any studies on it, but my belief is that while we all learn in different ways and while some people might be a little more or a little less able to understand something based on the manner in which it's presented, it's probably not so extreme as to justify all the labels. Good teaching addresses a subject in a variety of different ways anyway. Discard all the nonsense and just get down to it.
Violetta ARMY (2 months ago)
OMG ! THANK YOU ! YOU GAVE A PROUVE because most of people told me that i'm a liar because I learn with all the different styles !
John Grabs (2 months ago)
PYB007 anyone?
Dee Kirkland (2 months ago)
operative word..preference
Daniela Santos (2 months ago)
She spends too much time explaining silly reasons why we believe in learning methods, and a lot less time actually giving us evidence on why we shouldn't believe it. Oh, and the "we once thought the earth was the centre of the universe" is a non argument. You can basically use it for everything.
Dr. ShahZadah (2 months ago)
DR... I don't want to write a PhD chapter on LeArning styles, but let me confirm that there are learning styles, never 2 people learn the same way, this issue we learn in the kindergarten and there are tons of research to explain it...
Jake Kuhse (2 months ago)
My hometown!
Lucy Hsu (2 months ago)
There's a lot of nitpicky comments about memorization vs. learning, but I think this is mostly the defensiveness she mentioned. I thought the talk was well done and gave very good examples AND anticipated the arguments of the audience. Plus, in the end it talked about real-world applications. Well done!
carlapig1 (2 months ago)
Whilst this woman may be a professor, she is patronising towards educational professionals, says the word right countless times and frankly her supporting research is outdated and her example about the belief in the yeti is simply ludicrous. This may pass for academic rigour in crazytown these days but I live in the UK and I'm not impressed.
Nisrin Zinati (3 months ago)
Learning styles is not a myth, it is a fact. Some learners learn better through seeing things, some through listening while others through experimenting. At the same time , the best way is to combilne the three styles while teaching. Regarding what she said about meaning, she really nailed it with the example of chessboard. It is true "experts" of the game can easily memorize what they are required to memorize because they are familiar with the game and its rules so they understand it, while starters cant cuz their brain spends time raising questions about what it is all and why each element is placed here not there etc. And while this happening the memory is inactive, therefore, the person can't remember a thing. Learning through meaning gurantess that the info would last in our memory forever or at least for a long time. I ve seen people learning by heart history lessons without understanding for the purpose of passing the exam and have high grades. Once exam is over, the info goes away. Learning through understanding the meaning is the best and the only way for learning.
Nisrin Zinati (2 months ago)
+Guillaume de Longuemar very clear indeed and I agree.
Guillaume de Longuemar (2 months ago)
Nisrin Zinati  sure, there are inter individual differences, and some people can have a slightly better, let's say, visual perception (that might be associated with a good visual memory and thus make their visual learning feel nice to them). That doesn't mean that they can learn, let's say, dance, for instance, just by watching dancers. They are still going to have to use kinesthetic learning, i.e. training to do the movements in their own bodies. So that's a person you may want to call a "visual learner", but that person is actually still going to use all other kinds of learning depending on the situation. Indeed that person may have acute visual perception. But in the urban myth, or psycho-myth, of a what a "visual learner" is, it is implied that that person would learn better about everything using his visual learning, and this statement is wrong. Only when perceptual modalities to learn something are really interchangeable, then maybe that person will gain from his visual acuteness, but only then, because in all other cases (most of them), that person will just learn best by using the most adequate learning method, just like everybody else. And that is what the expression "visual learner" gets wrong or conveys wrongly. Not sure that was clear enough, but I tried.
Nisrin Zinati (2 months ago)
+Guillaume de Longuemar the proof is the fact there are many who learn easier through listening, others through watching things etc. Not all peole are the same when it comes to learning.
Guillaume de Longuemar (2 months ago)
And since you state this is a fact, I gather you have proof of it ?
于明正 (4 months ago)
For Englishi learners,it is a little difficult /(ㄒoㄒ)/~~
Gracie Gonzalez (5 months ago)
I enjoyed this video, but was hoping for more discussion of self-reflection.
Faith Roby (5 months ago)
She just undercut her own argument by saying that their people have preferences and not styles. Your preference is often got it by your style but she also make some other points that I have to assess further
Gene Jen (5 months ago)
Thank you for saying this.
Lakeisha Smith (5 months ago)
As a part of my class assignment i watched this video. I found it very interesting and partial holding some truth. The only part i disagreed with is letting science be the determining factor of whats real. Science can only process to a certain level, but lacks the ability to deep dipper and go higher. 🙏🏾
Henry Shin (6 months ago)
저도 예전엔 저만의 학습 스타일이 있다고 생각했었는데 모두 의미가 있는 것에 달려있는 거였어요!
Mayya . Artist (6 months ago)
I understand her point, but in both ways whether I just (prefer) visual learning or believed that my (style) of learning is visual, I still want my teacher to have some images or slides... NOT only listening to her speaking, and I still want to buy colorful book over a plain book that doesn't have any images !! it doesn't matter if its a learning style or preference because the result is the same for me... it makes me more comfortable and easier to learn. + I believe that teachers will have better results with their students if they put in mind the 5 senses in general.
Andrew Brett (6 months ago)
~ "we learn best by meaning connection" is an impressive concept and I think the ideas may be 'spot on' here about learning styles. However, I thumbs down the talk overall. Why? Because from my perspective, rejecting the concept of "esp" n schoolyard probability logic, seems to me like a very limiting position to hold- and makes me wonder how do you relate to the concept of genius- in a reality that does not accept power beyond the 'ordinary senses'. It seems you do not accept it. In this sense you propose 'inside the box thinking'. If the art of disproving 'impossibility' has anything to educate us on- it is the good idea that we should at least think of reality as an open box, even if we are not willing to think outside it.
Renske Dollekamp (7 months ago)
I was always confused by the different types of learners because I could never really learn well using any one of the types of learning styles. I only do quite well when I practice things over and over again and I always need a lot of time to recall a lot of information.
Darren Mills (7 months ago)
OMG! I cannot believe that this presentation is delivered in 2015!!! I studied education back in early 2000 at an Australian university and during the second year, we already learnt about these viewpoints. So, why on Earth is this shown in 2015??! This is dated information. Big problem here is she never refers to memory recall - because that is a crucial area as to see if a person has learnt something. People can learn things - but many ways to ensure learning takes place is through a means of recalling it. Tests, assessments, demonstration, or simply re-enacting an action learned are ways of recalling to see where people remember. Learning can be further tested through critical thinking - e.g. once you can recall something, do you agree with this or not and why? Or, what would you do in a situation and why? Also, another area of memory recall that hasn't been touched upon is - WHICH EFFECTIVE WAYS can a person demonstrate learning? In some assessments, some people are not only required to write down what they know, as a form of illustrating what they have learnt, but through a viva voce assessment - this is where people take your written work and ask questions why or how you came up with that information - seeking reasons for that. Through this kind of assessment, we may find that some people have strengths in being able to recall information via spoken word, and others have better abilities through the written word. A person with dyslexia, for example, may feel happier to be assessed through a spoken manner, rather than writing, because, if the test requires correct spelling as part of the criteria to pass, the person with dyslexia will feel stressed, which, in turn, can inhibit their ability to recall information, due to the worry of taking time to ensure words are written correctly - OR - they will just continually write down things to the best of their ability and will be graded down, unfairly, due to their disadvantage of writing some words incorrectly. This illustrated bias can hinder and falsely display the real recalling potential of someone's learning. Imagine, for instance, someone who has ADHD and Dyslexia. The environment, also plays a crucial component for a person's learning, coupled with motivation - is it positive or negative motivation, for instance - All in all, the presentation is, quite old information - and I felt like, this was more of a review of some education viewpoints about learning, that should have been updated. Technology is a huge influencer for learning, it would have been interesting, for example, to see how that impacts on learning or how teachers integrate that with learning - and memory recall. It would have been good for Tesia to indicate the meaning of learning - is it the process of taking in information, or taking in information and recalling it, or recalling information, alone? To clarify that, would be beneficial - I'm uncertain here, because, the examples provided shift for the definition of learning. E.g. at one point, learning about "types of learner" people are, emphasises on how we take in information - e.g. is a person an auditory or visual learner" - so, there's no clear correlation of the results demonstrated for this - but when Tesia talks about Chase & Simon, learning adds the area of memory recall - e.g. Chess players - so, this switching of what "learning" is, is inconsistent - and as a result, there are holes in her argument. I would have liked it if she spoke it as either "the intake of information from learning processes" or "the result / aka the results of recalling from learning processes" for more accurate understanding. This is dated information - and I am only amused by her ability to inform, but didn't see any "eye-popping" new information that made me wonder, "wow!" I never knew that!
vijay paul punia (7 months ago)
I don't think there are learning styles but I believe there are learning preferences.. just like everyone has the capacity to learn to drive a car or a bike or a bicycle.. but every has their choice to move around the city.. similarly its like every one is capable of filling their stomachs by eating anything by any method of eating(maybe by hands or forks or chopsticks). but everyone has a preference to eat only certain things in a certain way. same is true with subjects.. I believe everyone can learn and progress in any subject.... but because of whatever reasons we have more willingness and tendencies to pursue one subject and prefer to do that than others. same way we may be are capable to learn through all the ways.. but with time we develop preferences.. some people like to read stories and remember the stories, some people prefer to watch a movie, some might prefer a graphic novel. sometimes our subjects guides us to the preferable mode of learning and sometime our preference of learning mode decides our subjects.
Stella F (8 months ago)
Perhaps Ms Marshnik would benefit from a quick look at the "hierarchy of disagreement" so she learns how to present an argument without insulting the listener.
Alex Gooey-cupcake (9 months ago)
Well, this being a video about critical self-reflection she cannot argue that she is right and everyone who believe in learning styles are wrong. Because this is just a belief and not a fact as well as her arguments. Also she accepts the fact that people have different abilities and this can influence the learning styles preferences that people have, and if she stated that the study shows that there is no evidence of any difference by learning in different styles, then believing that one has a learning style doesn't have any consequence for that who believes it.
Guti 2824 (9 months ago)
main ideas of the video?
matt mcclure (9 months ago)
Differentiated Instruction/Education is invented as a control mechanism by BOEs and admins. There is no pedagogical nor research support for it.
carlapig1 (2 months ago)
She didn't even mention this control of teachers delivery by management. Neither did she acknowledge that that we do sometimes rely on certain ways of instruction and can limit our students in the way they learn. Education should be critical and always seeking to change. Her approach whilst rightly challenging some of the 'nonsense' that has sprung up in education appears to want to close down debate. It's her way or the highway'.
Semerah Rose (9 months ago)
Learning Styles vs Learning Abilities, different Terms but referring to the same meaning.
LITTLEMUSTANGFILLY (10 months ago)
What she says makes sense but I’ve seen so many examples where learning styles make a difference not just for me but my class mates as well.
Jazel Hickey (10 months ago)
I absolutely disagree with her!!!! Everyone has learning styles. After watching her video until the end, I, therefore, conclude that all she said will go back that learning styles exist.!!!!
Natalie Stuckless (10 months ago)
The USA vaccine court awards millions to family’s of children whom suffered adverse effects (swelling of the brain) form vaccines. This swelling causes “autism” symptoms, but officially they don’t award for autism but for brain damage. However the children are diagnosed with autism. So the govt don’t officially admit vaccines cause autism.
Tony Zhou (10 months ago)
1. Learning depends on the meanings we give the material 2. Learning style depends on the contents 3. Many subjects can be learned in a mix of learning styles
Umes Shrestha (11 months ago)
It's not about matching learning style with teaching style, but it's about 'integrating' preferred and non-preferred (dominant and non-dominant) styles in a way that slightly challenges the learners. That's all.
Kelly DC (11 months ago)
Thank you Tesia Marshik!
Mike Sun (11 months ago)
Very interesting argument and video.  Tesia Marshik frames learning style as in "a specific mode where a student can ONLY learn from."  Is that really true?  People are different when it comes to learning.  Recognizing different learning styles is not the same as saying people can ONLY learn in their "preferred" way.  Having multi-touch points involving different senses of course help and enhance learning--no one said otherwise.
Moosa ali (11 months ago)
Summary: Learning styles (auditory, sensory and kinaesthetic) do not exist, just as seeing notes is not conducive to long-term memory, because learned information is stored in terms of meaning, not arrangements of letters (words). Therefore, effective learning is subject to the required method of recall (e.g. learning the sounds of a song-bird is best taught through listening to them). However, using a variety of sensory information is more effective to learning, only because it creates a wider depth of meaning, not because it appeals to more types of learning styles. The ultimate conclusion is that differences in recalling (between people) through 'preferred' systems is non-existent, or at least irrelevant. ************************************************************************************************************************************ Personal thoughts (can someone answer these PLEASE?, thanks =) ): Firstly, what about sensing and storing of memories between people? Do these differences also not exist? If this is in fact the case, am I wrong in assuming that there is a difference in the retrieval of certain sensory memories, perhaps that it is less energy-consuming for people to retrieve visual memories as opposed to the other forms of sensory memory? Or is this phenomenon wholly accountable to the fact that I personally habitually retrieve visual memories, so am simply deceived by the difference in the quantity of certain sensory recalls? If this is so, then does this mean that there is no difference in capacity and myelination between different sensory memories? If this is the case, this would mean that, individually, we all have very little or no difference in size and speed of sensing, storing and recalling all the different types of sensory memories. I appreciate that this is not her actual argument (which is regarding the differences of recall between people), however, I feel this should have been at least addressed in the talk, just as her elaboration on the increase in 'richness of meaning' that use of different sensory systems creates when learning. Can someone please clear this up for me? Thanks!
faizalrehan (11 months ago)
when corporate companies enter in a business they do marketing in business even their product is not worth ..if some one proven that product is not has the value then the company will start resisting to the person..cause they need only profit not your goodwill..as the same i am seeing so many people in comment box
Ruben Winters (1 year ago)
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V Lounge (1 year ago)
There is truth to her general idea. There is learning styles but they don’t impact performance in the way we think. Its human nature to push any concept and apply to an extreme. The challenge is to find that golden middle, considering the impact of our learning styles. In this case i agree experience will prevails. Also its not right to disregard telepathy. Some concepts like telepathy are too complexe and not understood to be studied just yet.
Derbin Mejia (1 year ago)
I am a chess player, too. Not a strong one, of course, but I like a lot playing chess and let met tell you that in the same place that your brain records the faces you remember, it is in that same place that your brain records the chess positions ¿How do I know that? Watch the documentary *NatGeo "My Brilliant Brain" featuring Susan Polgar* here in Youtube. I believe in pure and hard training in any science, language, chess or whatever you want to learn not in learning styles. Although I have been in courses where I have been required to believe in the natural intelligence theory and I have been silent about it in order not have a discussion..
Derbin Mejia (1 year ago)
I remember I emailed the skeptics society in 2011, I still have that email in my inbox folder. I wanted to know if they had articles written about the multiple intelligence theories because in that moment I found it very hard to believe in. Until this day I don't believe in the multiple intelligence theory.
The Star (1 year ago)
The presenter possesses good presentation skills
Knots Massage (1 year ago)
For the people that disagree, I think that what she is saying is that all people are capable of learning information no matter how it is presented as long as they are able to apply meaning to the information being taught and that is why self reflection is critical to the learning process
offwithurhead (1 year ago)
I don't know about learning styles but I am really bad at hearing tasks where I have to think because when I switch my brain to think and solve the problem, I have forgotten what it was and what I hear I don't remember if I have to problem solve. So, knowing that I'll have an extremely tough time, I write down or draw the task so that I can think about solving it without immediately forgetting what was the problem I had to solve. I wonder if there's a fix for it. It's like my brain won't allow for those both processes to occur.
Janice Jones (1 year ago)
Interesting comments below. I've been a teacher in schools in several countries, and also in alternative learning contexts and have actually taught Gardner's theories over the last 13 years. However, I'm not longer convinced. The issue is, that what we know of the brain and how it learns has shifted dramatically since Gardner first postulated his theory. Neuroscience (and what we know from people who have adapted and learned anew following damage to parts of the brain) shows that how we learn is infinitely more complex and wonderful than once thought.  Learning 'styles' don't go far enough to cover the unique learning process of every person. Howard Gardner himself had concerns about how his early ideas were re-purposed to influence generations of teachers. So --while I find Marshik's presentation rather 'thin' on current evidence about brain function and human learning (which challenges the reality of 'multiple intelligences/learning styles' - but replaces it with something much more interesting,) I've recommended it to future teachers in Masters Degree courses.
Maria Tahera (1 year ago)
no one argues that we learn only one way, rather our learning style helps us to learn a meaningful information better, or efficiently, that's it. she
Scarlett Kellermann (1 year ago)
She spends a reasonably long time just on talking about how much we like to believe certain things while her point was not even that strong. I also don't even understand what is so delightful about believing in learning styles. On the contrary... I would love to think that I can learn as well by listening as I can by reading since as a language learner I know I am way more exposed to verbal language. As a teacher, it also doesn't feel as comfortable to think there are actually learning styles as she depicts it. On the contrary, it would be great to think that I can reach out to all students at the same time. I really think she had a weak point and not very reasonable.
Scarlett Kellermann (1 year ago)
The theory might be right but I don't think she discovered fire by saying we better remember sounds by listening and pictures by looking. Seriously?
Playr's World (1 year ago)
Well I am 1 minute in and you are telling me I am writing college essays on something that doesn't exist, lovely.
Attraction (1 year ago)
Learning styles are good to motivate the students, which leads to higher levels of engagement from the students.
Rerun Blisters (1 year ago)
It seems to me that we all posses in varying degrees the 5 senses with which we learn just about everything. Someone who has a hearing problem will depend more on other senses to learn what needs to be learned. However, we tend to use them all at the same time to different degrees depending on our task/need. Some people will automatically favor certain senses to understand, and remember information, because it's just easier or more natural to do it that way. Perhaps the terminology is misleading when we talk about 'modes' of learning, which suggests the other 'modes' are somewhat redundant for a particular person to learn effectively. A better word for 'modes' when talking about the 3 Learning Modes may be 'senses'. I have experienced how effective auditory, kinaesthetic and visual teaching techniques are when teaching language. I just don't buy the idea we should forget about it.
Rerun Blisters (1 year ago)
You're asking us to 'trust' you? And you say 'they' have tested this. Who is 'they'.
Marli DeFilippis (1 year ago)
Ummm, but with regard to the chess players' memories, I'd like to know if she tracked their memories. So, were the novices going to eventually be experts? Or were their less "experienced" memories going to be what that held them back from eventually becoming experts? And she talks about "preferences," so can't we all agree that she just put a different label on "styles"?
hellraiser2345 (1 year ago)
Its very funny reading all these comments. People saying they are teachers and it worked for them...CONFIRMATION BIAS. She literally went over that in the talk! People are acting like this is her idea and its just her opinion. She is simply presenting evidence from a plethora of studies that have taken place on the subject. She didn't just wake up and think you know what I'm gonna rail against learning styles because I think its wrong; She did the research and drew a logical path to a sound conclusion.
Juan Guerrero (1 year ago)
Has been a long time since I heard BS like this, Tesia using her knowledge on psychology prepare a huge pile of banal arguments just pretending to be different and "intelectual", this kind of pseudo-studies do not deserve to be on TEDx Talks. She is a psychologyst, not a teacher watch this video is a waste of time
Guillaume de Longuemar (2 months ago)
you saying that she is "pretending to be different and intellectual" isn't an argument, it's just you backlashing the speaker for no reason, so please don't pretend to be making a valid point.
C FRIIS (1 year ago)
And she provides a, unknowingly of course, brilliant example of how important it is to be self aware of how you are being perceived,  personality/stereotype misleading your message. She wants to be a leader and clearly aspire to inspire. And that kinda leaves you with a weird feeling afterwards. She hasn't convinced me and she is probably right, but she allows distraction thus not being what she preaches. That damages her credibility, and instinctively you believe she is a waste.. Tragic in all its sense.
Lauren Woggon (1 year ago)
Juan Guerrero She is a professor at UW-La Crosse.
Lisa Blansett (1 year ago)
Just one note here (and this doesn't undermine the premise that learning styles are a myth--which I would also argue) that not "everybody" can see or hear, and so "showing pictures of a bird if I want you to know what a bird looks like" is not applicable to "everybody," as the speaker keeps insisting. I think the argument against learning styles can be made even stronger by moving away from ableist assumptions. For example, a blind person can learn what a bird looks like through other senses, including, for example, touch (feathers, anatomical models, real [tame] birds, dissection, descriptions of the relationships of hue and saturation [depth of a color]); a deaf person can "feel" what a piece of music "sounds like" (sounds are waves, and the effect of the waves on the physical components of an ear is 'translated' by our brains). These cognitive abilities suggest that we process, rearrange, and make meaningful lots of different sensory data, which we can then assemble into what we might say something "looks like" or "sounds like."
Mr MACC (1 year ago)
A trainer of 25 years I couldnt disagree with this presenter more. I have seen first hand proof time and time again of how meeting a persons learning style increases their uptake and absorption let along their enjoyment of learning. Considering the opening blunt statement that we are all wrong I am surprised so many people have even watched this load of rubbish as she clearly has no idea on how to present and get a winning argument across. That's 18 minutes of my life I wont get back.
Iceblaster77 (1 year ago)
Who else has to watch this in school??
Javik (1 year ago)
Her Voice Irritates me
I don't care tbh (1 year ago)
I don't think she really understands learning, though. She seems to be talking about something else. I 100% still believe my brain has a preferred learning style.
Lgrace (1 year ago)
I really don't agree with this it seems that these researchers also need to conduct studies of this with the inclusion of students with autism or aspergers as well. Being one of those individuals, i can say without a doubt that, yes, learning styles do exist for us, but, there's almost never just one particular style for any one individual. Personally, I am literary, visual for math, but visual, kinesthetic for sports and anything related to technology. Yes, i have tried other ways to learn new information but the ones listed here are what make things click and stick in my mind the best.
Inno LLC (1 year ago)
When she said telepathic communication didn't exist...in my experience..that part applies to someone who hasn't experienced it. Having a telepathic conversation is much different than when you're thinking of someone and they call. In the telepathic experience I had, you are having a conversation with the other person. When I meditated nearly 24/7, I had a telepathic conversation with my ex, who also meditated nearly 24/7. There is cosmic consciousness, a knowing beyond knowing. Science hasn't proven it, but it has been talked about in ancient texts for ages. [ Look up Edgar Cayce. In his self-written biography, he describes that after a "spiritual" experience he was able to sleep on books and recall them word for word, sentence by sentence, page by page].
Clive Bonnici (1 year ago)
if you want to loose 10 mins of your life watch this video.
Sarita Prasad (1 year ago)
I think she does not know what does critical reflective thinking means? Thats what her speech tells.
junk78665e44 (1 year ago)
Boring...2 min message that is overly stretched out.
Jim Frisque (1 year ago)
While there are "preferred" ways to learn for many people, I think the speaker's statement towards the end (and I paraphrase) that "incorporating multiple sensory experiences into one lesson makes it more meaningful for all students" is the important takeaway. In teaching music for 30+ years, I have always tried to infuse my lessons with as many different sensory experiences as possible. It just always seemed to make sense that by using the tactile, auditory, visual, and kinesthetic senses together in the same lesson not only would touch upon students' individual preferences but also engage them with learning in multiple ways, thus giving them a better opportunity to actually perform and learn the concepts I was trying to teach them. One example of this is teaching students a folk dance. Breaking down the steps and practicing short phrases (kinesthetic), looking at a diagram of the choreography (visual), listening for the musical form of the piece and being aware of the A and B sections (etc.), and singing the lyrics (if there are lyrics to the dance) then combining these activities in various ways- have proven to me that students will be overall much more successful in the end. Elementary music teachers have taught this way for a long time.
myopinions46 (1 year ago)
She is so wrong. As a teacher, kids that learn tactile/kenistheticly have failed in a normal special ed classroom. It's essential that this very new theory is used in classrooms and our schools divided into classrooms and taught by learning styles.
Katy Pryde (1 year ago)
I loved that this challenged me and I'm always willing to reflect on new possibilities, however, on deep reflection and I'm not 100% convinced. Science has been wrong throughout the centuries and it to has faults so to be completely one way or the other is not healthy. What if? What if people who feel more comfortable learning new information in a style that is easier for them are happy and confident with that? Why rock that boat? What I feel that I know is I have a preference to visual learning and am bored out of my brain when someone asked me to read instructions. Give me a YouTube video any day over a written manual 😉
Celeste M (1 year ago)
It would have been better believed if she had cited sources of the studies she mentioned as "no prove of evidence". Also in my experience, I have seen that if you as a teacher find a learning method for your students that they prefer and enjoy it will make the perfect recipe for effective learning.
Something that stuck me in this talk was the theme that "we don't like to be wrong" and how this led in the close of the talk to implying that any resistance listeners might have to the "truth" of the speaker's conclusions is due to the listener's attachment in their experience/belief in learning styles - rather then to valid questioning of the research or conclusions. Seems to me that the speaker doesn't want to be wrong.
Ready Ready (1 year ago)
Reinvention Success Stories You took the type right out of my hands (*you took the words out of my mouth)
David Shaw (1 year ago)
And the solution or easiest way to remember stuff for a test is....? Cancer is bad because......and idk what to do to help treat it???
Theodore Eftimiades (1 year ago)
I mean, I saw the future a few times in my dreams so I dont appreciative her pejorative tone. I mean, it's her life lol... she can 'prove' anything. Stats are malleable.
Dave Kearns (1 year ago)
Question would learning styles apply to people with learning disabilities? I find that I retain more information with repetition. As for the chess positions given one was of a legal position and the other was not a legal position. So being chess aware would not help. The comparison would be better if it where a legal position even if it would be highly unlikely.
reiwell del (1 year ago)
Santa isn't real? WHAT
reiwell del (1 year ago)
she is right, it really makes no difference what type of stimulus you get, if you see or hear the word dog you still picture the dog in your head. the way we differ in learning really is the way we encode information once it's in the brain. this can be easily improved with associations and meaningful encoding of stimulus. that's how you learn better.
borniface kaone (1 year ago)
As student in Sol Plaatje University I think she is right because in mathematics we need to practice and it does not mean we are kinesthetic.
Wade Barrett (1 year ago)
Thank you.
Leanne Usher (1 year ago)
I suggest, providing multiple ways to access the information will benefit all learners. So it probably doesn't really matter if there's a "style' or not.... we need to cater to all learners....
Jimi H (1 year ago)
wow! another corporate shill trying to keep our broken school system the way it is so private "learning" industries can continue to make over 750 BILLION dollars a year!
Zack Lim (1 year ago)
Cool video! I have to agree to this to a great extend, but I have to also mention: More often than not, just because some of the new theories are correct it doesn't mean we should dismiss everything in the older theories. Even new theories that seems accurate now are also sometimes just a bridge towards future newer theories. E.g. we though that it was smart to figure out the earth is actually round instead of flat, then someone said the earth is not really perfectly round, then someone would venture further about other answers in quantum physics and other new fields of theories that change everything again... I have never really believe that learning styles are very accurate or conclusive, it have always been more like something to help us, plus even many of these theorists had often suggested to tap on multiple senses (as the speaker suggested too) instead of concentrating too much on one type - which is why although I have heard that many people are 'visual learners', a lecture with nothing else except a powerpoint slides show for hours would still be frowned upon nowadays. Moreover we have always known that there are many factors other than learning styles which affect learning retention. I will be happy if the industry would agree with the speaker that it is not effective to spend too much time/resources to analyse into individuals' learning styles, and we can concentrate more on the contents and other critical factors of learning.
Mike Henry (1 year ago)
This helps me understand why I am usually confused when I take one of those "learning style" surveys. I usually feel like I "have to" answer a question a certain way because I believed I was a "visual learner." When certain questions are posed, I want to write-in an answer like, "it depends." I have also felt conflicted when my desired response did not fit my label. This presentation presents a lot of great information and ideas to think about in the classroom.
Hola Comparto tu opinión, en algún momento de mi vida pensé que aprendía de diferentes formas, pero todos te dicen....es imposible. Ahora que te escucho entiendo que era cierto. De verdad es, que la gente no quiere pensar en cambios, se quedan en el lado cómodo, en donde ya les resolvieron sus dudas antes y no hay nada más. Te felicito.
nathanieldayspring00 (1 year ago)
Don't believe what she is selling. I can only speak from experience. I have been to more schools than I can count and it wasn't until one of my teachers found my learning style that I could retain the information that they were trying to give to me. I met more teachers fixated on reading from the text book rather than explaining the material, creating memorization tools, or having actual assignments that work with the knowledge being given in the lecture. There are learning styles. Besides she pretty much just contradicted herself @4:25. Not only that but storing meaningful info long term doesnt contradict how information is stored (ie visual, auditory, tactile) and thus doesn't contradict the validity of "learning styles." "Learning style" isn't theory, it's fact. That's why the "tell" of someone lying when their eyes go in a certain direction is no longer used in police interrogations. Psychologists found that people can store memories visually and proof is in how people recall information. In other words, people that when asked to spell a word they move their eyes across the sky bc they are visualizing the word and they can't spell the word unless they visualize it bc that information is stored as an image. Most schools I've been to don't teach by evaluating learning styles and the grades show the results. Her theory here is backwards thinking that will do more harm than good. Teachers can use this as an excuse to not do their due diligence and fail to learn about the children in their class and how to reach them (ie their "learning style"). I guess going back to crackpot interrogation days of the eyes going in the incorrect position equals guilt isn't such a bad thing. But schools in poorer communities don't in fact teach learning style and only the more prominent, white neighborhood schools do. The better schools aren't going to switch teaching methods on one persons BS dissertation but a low income school will not spend more money on reteaching their teachers if they believe the argument that basically says don't bother with "learning styles" bc it doesn't matter.
Tissomah Bozumbil (1 year ago)
Very useful and informative research, hearing this gave me such a relief definitely doing some research on it.
Como perros Y gatos (1 year ago)
Aprendí que no tenemos un estilo de aprendizaje particular, que podemos aprender de muchas maneras. Lo que determina que yo aprenda no es un ''estilo de aprendizaje'' sino el sentido que tenga para mi lo que estoy aprendiendo, valga la redundancia. ( Excelente argumento el de los jugadores de ajedrez, por eso creo que es razonable saber eso)
Natalie (1 year ago)
Totally changed my perspective. Amazing!!!
Austin Flavio (1 year ago)
The prospect of learning your instructors teaching style, and adjusting your studying strategies as best you can in a manner which complements your learning style is vital. Trying to equip your self with tools on how to adapt to the material is superb. That is because as much as it infuriates the scholastic community; you don't need to have a doctorates degree to know that in fact everyone learns a little bit differently. If the vast majority of people feel that they have manners in which their learning is significantly more optimal where others are difficult, who is She to contest that. Her high and righteousness imposed on her by the unnatural authority of a PhD does not mean you can discredit the first hand experiences of billions. The reason Her comparison of the "90%" of people believed in learning styles are wrong because they are living in denial is making diminutive the intelligence of all people who appreciate the complexity of human learning. I am very displeased with the way she reinforced her arguments as so. Also her comparison of so called "90%" of people to the likes of anti-vaxers and people who believed that ice-cream caused polio is appalling. She should be ashamed about giving such a biased and loose lecture for a professional of her station.
Paul Freeman (1 year ago)
When the idea of learning styles was tested it did not stand up: "Although the literature on learning styles is enormous, very few studies have even used an experimental methodology capable of testing the validity of learning styles applied to education. Moreover, of those that did use an appropriate method, several found results that flatly contradict the popular meshing hypothesis. We conclude therefore, that at present, there is no adequate evidence base to justify incorporating learning styles assessments into general educational practice." Learning Styles: Concepts and Evidence Harold Pashler, Mark McDaniel, Doug Rohrer, and Robert Bjork Psychological Science in the PUBLIC INTEREST Volume 9 Number 3 December 2008
claudia ramirez (1 year ago)
I never believed in learning styles either I use all of them.
Shawna Pope (1 year ago)
Those who have difficulty with language/literacy need visual supports and manipulatives to learn many concepts, everyone benefits from them.
Shawna Pope (1 year ago)
Thank you! So well said and presented. As a speech-langauge pathologist and literacy specialist, I agree 100%
wandaad (1 year ago)
She says people want to be right. That's probably why she says "right" after every sentence.
roses (1 year ago)
she actually says "all right" to make sure of understanding.
Dilâ Duman (1 year ago)
First stop saying "allright" in every one of two sentences..
Kannan Arumugam (1 year ago)
To prove the worth of a concept we don't to prove that some other concept is worthless. Most of the time in this video is towards proving that perception preference is null and not towards that self reflection enhances learning. To my understanding Learning style is limited to perceptional preference of learners. Let's take the case of example discussed in this video If expert Chess players are spoken about the positions of coins and shown the image of it... what would they prefer to remember this... I think comparing two different level of subjects in an Psych experiment leads to confusion and not concept. Of course, self reflection makes a lot in remembering, building complex concepts and create.... as explained by Bloom's Taxonomy of Cognitive Domain
David Shaw (1 year ago)
Completely agree...it's so easy to say something is wrong but I didn't hear too much about the solution...if I'm in college taking a basic economics test what is the best way to memorize that material in order to it memorize it and then regurgitate that back to a piece of paper i.e. The test. Way easier to say something is wrong than to say the solution
Kannan Arumugam (1 year ago)
I would like add some more... some learners may not prefer one dominant style but could exhibit a balance of all styles.... I think all learning style survey instruments also bring out if all styles are balanced in a learner... effort to identify learning style is not to ear mark one style of a learner and present every content addressing that style. Mode of delivery or presentation also depends upon the nature of content. Self reflection and progressive learning has it's own importance and need. I think it doesn't have to be compared with some other experiment

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