Victoria University is still promoting learning styles 

I have written before about Victoria University’s 2016 education faculty handbook which promoted learning styles theories. Such theories are widely accepted to lack any evidence of being educationally useful. I also agree with Professor Stephen Dinham that they are potentially harmful in the way that they seek to label students.

So I thought I’d take a look at the 2017 handbook.

In the unit, Development Studies 2, we read that:

“Pre-service teachers are introduced to major theorists and current research across a range of developmental areas including: cognition, physical, emotional, social development; diversity issues; individual learning styles; and the contribution of play to children’s development.”

In the unit, Reforming Pedagogies:

“…students will address a number  of areas as they influence pedagogy and teaching and learning practice. Students will investigate definitions of pedagogy and andragogy; learning styles and approaches; teaching styles and approaches; praxis inquiry about personal pedagogy; multi-literacies and their impact on teaching and learning.”

The unit on Developing Professional Practice:

“…will include an exploration of: adult learning theory and individual learning styles, preferences and processes; workplace learning theory and practice; and theories and practices of mentoring and coaching in workplaces.”

One of the intended outcomes of a unit on early childhood development is that students will be able to:

“Identify, interpret, analyse and evaluate specific teaching strategies for a range of individual children’s learning styles and abilities.”

One positive development for those of us who wish to see learning styles consigned to history is that I only counted eight references in the 2017 handbook whereas there were 15 in the 2016 version. So that’s progress.

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5 Comments on “Victoria University is still promoting learning styles ”

  1. Tempe Laver says:

    Many school websites still promote learning styles too.

  2. Mike says:

    But more importantly, was this handbook available in interpretive dance form, just in case any of the new students happen to be kinesthetic learners?

  3. David F says:

    Hi Greg,

    Did you see the new article by Paul Kirschner, “Stop Propagating the Learning Styles Myth”? http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360131516302482

  4. […] to learning styles in Victoria University’s Faculty of Education handbook for 2016 and 2017 and […]


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