Archive: Meeting Six – Learning Styles
Please introduce yourself if you're joing us at #SciTeachJC tonight. I am a Physics teacher at a school in London
@ I'm in again - biology lecturer in an FE college in London. #SciTeachJC
Discussion points for tonight's #SciTeachJC meeting: Did / do you believe in the idea of different learning styles?
#SciTeachJC I'm a 6th form physics teacher in Hampshire
Hi everyone.Bio teacher based in Nth Lndn. Looking forward to the discussion tonight #SciTeachJC
@ Hi, bio teacher currently supplying till a FT job appears #sciteachJC
Disucssion point 2: Did idea of "learning styles" affect your approach to teaching? #SciTeachJC
#sciteachjc I'm a physics teacher at a school just north of London
Discussion point 3: Did reading this paper change your mind about learning styles? #SciTeachJC
Have to admit to being a HUGE sceptic to the way 'Learning Styles' theory is used in schools #SciTeachJC
@ #sciteachjc I believe people learn differently. After that it's just how you throw the hoops, isn't it?
4: Are there other ideas about teaching that are widespread that would benefit from closer scrutiny of evidence? #SciTeacHJC
@ I was a bit surprised. I thought Learning Styles was bona fide - turns out its another brain gym! #SciTeachJC
@ its just like different teaching styles just another name....#SciTeachJC oh BTW I'm a Biologist with teaching 🙂
#SciTeachJC Learning styles fit into the belief system that likes astrology and 'find out your personality' quizzes in magazines
@ @ We looked at learning styles during the PGCE and opinion was split between the tutors #sciteachjc
I assumed learning styles (VAK) was good and proper, they spent enough time on it during my PGCE #SciTeachJC
@ If it encourages the teacher use a wider variety of teaching styles, then that’s a good thing. #sciteachjc
I only skimmed the paper (my bad) but I do have some time for VAK, which didn't seem to be mentioned? #sciteachjc
@ i think all learners have their own way of learning and its your job as a teacher to tap into it #sciteachjc
@ But do you believe in the kind of "learning styles" described in the paper? #SciTeachJC
My PGCE tutors thought multiple intelligence was a load of codswollop though. #sciteachjc
@ The paper suggests there is little evidence that these "styles" actually exist. #SciTeachJC
@ I've has staff training days on it - assumed it was bona fide! Maybe that says something about staff training days! #sciteachjc
@ One article we looked at was called "VAK or Vaquous..." supported the thrust of this paper I'll see if I can find it #sciteachjc
@ @ But that's not what the research suggests - paper says little evidence for "learning styles". #SciTeachJC
not really, following evidence based practice in any job is difficult #SciTeachJC physics teacher, scotland
@ #sciteachjc only as sweeping generalities. They helped me think about my methods of teaching when I was only a few years in.
@ @ #sciteachjc I am not questioning the research. I think it is a superb paper. I am thinking about what is fundamental.
@ Why is following evidence based practice difficult? Surely it's what we *should* be doing? #SciTeachJC
RT @: @ haha, I think we're all easily fooled #SciTeachJC
@ Liked the way paper tried to clarify difference btween 'preferences' and ability to gain knwldge using diff methods #SciTeachJC
#SciTeachJC A good teacher uses a variety of teaching methods, but as the paper says preference is not related to aptitude
RT @: @ @ #sciteachjc I am not questioning the research. I think it is a superb paper. I am thinking about what ...
@ @ research is only a small proportion and it only makes a possible suggestion to the elusive 'art of teaching' #sciteachjc
RT @: @ Liked the way paper tried to clarify difference btween 'preferences' and ability to gain knwldge using d ...
@ @ #sciteachjc and therein lies the problem. researchers need to get their voices heard in schools.
I like the bit that says pupil's preferred style may not be the style they learn best at. #sciteachjc
@ because we're easily fooled, it takes alot of continuous work and good research #SciTeachJC
#SciTeachJC Besides focusing on one 'learning style' atrophies ability for others
RT @: @ @ #sciteachjc and therein lies the problem. researchers need to get their voices heard in schools.
@ I trust experienced teachers 1st, education researchers 2nd! #sciteachjc
@ @ #sciteachjc Individual pupils, individal teachers and 'individual' facts.
RT @: I like the bit that says pupil's preferred style may not be the style they learn best at. #sciteachjc
enthusing your students about your subject with up to date science knowledge by asking them what they would like #sciteachjc
@ So surely we need to do everything we can to ensure students learn the best way, not the way promoted by dodgy ideas? #SciTeachJC
@ #sciteachjc would have to be done properly, but better than the snake oil merchants, surely?
#SciTeachJC Is there dnger that pupils become focused on using just 1 method when really should improve ability to think all diff ways?
@ agreed I've had students use their learning style as a crutch "I can't do that I'm a visual learner" etc #SciTeachJC
@ Yes. That really is it, I think. But *so* difficult to deliver individually targeted learning #SciTeachJC
@ Fortunately/unfortunately I have never had a student who knew what their supposed learning style was! #SciTeachJC
@ Good. as long as commercial inset providers, and quangos come after those two, I'm more than happy. #sciteachjc
@ Isn't it embarrassing if even *science* teachers taken in by "learning styles" etc. sold to us by "snake oil merchants" #SciTeachJC
RT @: @ agreed I've had students use their learning style as a crutch "I can't do that I'm a visual learner" etc #S ...
@ @ @ ...and teachers need time to listen, plan and implement evidence-based practice #inmydreams 😉 #SciTeachJC
@ it's usually part of induction process at post 16 in my experience #SciTeachJC
RT @: #SciTeachJC Is there dnger that pupils become focused on using just 1 method when really should improve ability to t ...
@ #sciteachjc one could call it effectively impossible.
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