Myths About Cognition

Teachers Still Believe in ‘Learning Styles’ and Other Myths About Cognition

Almost all teachers believe persistent myths about learning, a new survey finds.

More than three-fourths of teachers think that people are either right-brained (creative) or left-brained (analytical), and that those designations affect how they learn. And nearly all teachers endorsed the idea of “learning styles”—meaning that students learn more when their teachers tailor instruction to their individual styles, such as auditory, visual, or kinesthetic.

But research doesn’t back up these ideas, said Ulrich Boser, a researcher who leads the firm The Learning Agency and conducted the survey.

Prior research has found that of the thousands of articles published on learning…

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