In this article by The Chronicle of Higher Education, several psychologists reiterate the same old story once again: Learning Style approaches are wrong because there is no evidence.
If they had watched this film on Critical Thinking, they would have learned that this black and white binary thinking (true or false, evidence or not), leads to flawed conclusions, and “often reflects an underlying intolerance of ambiguity” (3:58).
“Critical thinkers can wait for valid evidence.” (4:21)
Fortunately, the article also cites critics such as R. Sternberg (a honorary professor of my university whom I mentioned repeatedly), and more differentiated views. Beyond the black & white choice of
- Matching Teaching Style to Learning Style, or
- Ignoring learning styles
there are promising other approaches:
“What we do try to get professors to do,” Ms. Rundle says, “and where we’ve been successful, is to become aware of their own learning style and how that affects the way they teach.” (Chronicle article)
With such teachers who are aware of their own styles, empirical studies on learning styles would probably be less biased and would IMHO soon yield the desired evidence.