Month: January 2014

Learning Styles – More Myth than Truth

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The following is copied from Teaching High School Psychology – Posted – Tuesday October 29th 2013

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Learning Styles: Myth? I’m interested in hearing how teachers and administrators in your district talk and think about “learning styles.” I remember learning – learning style “theory” during staff development workshops as a young teacher, and the main impact was that I felt guilty for not diligently including visual, auditory, and kinesthetic experiences in my lessons.

So I was glad to read Daniel Willingham’s work on “debunking” what he calls the “learning styles myth.” It turns out there really isn’t much empirical evidence that learning styles exist or impact learning (they might be learning “preferences”). Willingham has been dedicated to adding some science to the discussion of “learning styles” for quite a while and created many resources that are usable by many audience. The FAQ document linked to below is a good overall summary of his thinking:

Learning Style FAQ http://www.danielwillingham.com/learning-styles-faq.html

More recently, Howard Gardner chimed in to try to clarify how his multiple intelligences theory is different form “learning styles,” and how people misinterpret his theory too. Howard Gardner: ‘Multiple Intelligences’ are not ‘learning styles’ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/10/16/howard-gardner-multiple-intelligences-are-not-learning-styles/

Thoughts from Cade Resnick – The original idea of learning styles gave a reason to explain behavior. The more Neuroscience arrives into the world of Psychology and understands human interaction, the more we understand of learning styles. I believe it is in the best interest of educator’s worldwide to realize that every student is not a learning style the same way no 1 person is just one of 5 senses. We know more now and now we need to utilize this new knowledge to educate as such. Thanks for listening.

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Welcome to “Social Cognitive Reality”

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When considering what we are all able to offer the world, I believe that my future lies in developing a world view understanding of my research, analysis and perspective. I am not writing to inform the world of my own arrogance, rather I am writing to develop an understanding of a theory I am choosing to develop and then enhance. The name of my theory is social cognitive reality. The reason for developing my theory relates to my own experience of trying to explain to people how their situation, environment, perspective etc are theirs alone.

While working on my dissertation I poured over years of research in the fields of psychology, sociology, philosophy and politics. There is an understanding within each of these fields as to the value of a single person and their value in relation to society and culture. The research is there within each field as a separate entity, yet it does not seem to be combined to explain how society and social influence effect the system of YOU. As a systems theorist I find life to be fascinating in that we all operate in harmony to work together. Even when we all think we are different, psychology steps in to remind us that we are all very similar. We all play a role in the development of others, and they in turn play a role in our development.

Questions we should ask on a continual basis – How do the people around me, affect me. How does my environment affect me? Who am I? Why am I? What am I? These may seem like philosophical questions, yet they also have answers within social cognitive reality.

As my blog develops, I am going to write weekly for everyone to read about different aspects of social cognitive reality are part of who YOU are.
As I get myself back into blogging, I am going to leave all of you with the following two thoughts
1) How do you know, what you know?
2) Is what you know Universal, or only to you and a small spectrum of people?

My goal with my Blog is to open up people’s thoughts of people, culture, community and society. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing.