A lack of evidence is not my style
- Created: Monday, 15 May 2017 15:05
Melanie Butler argues that learning styles are not the only problem. Most of British-style ELT needs a stronger evidence base
Howard Gardner is not a fan of ‘learning styles’. The Harvard professor of education confessed in 2013 that the tendency of many people to link the discredited theory to his own work on multiple intelligences drives him ‘to distraction’. Learners have different styles, he agrees, but the attempt to bunch them into neat groups is incoherent. Repeated empirical studies of the systematic use of the theory in the classroom have shown they make no measurable difference to learning outcomes.