Specificity Violation: Learning Styles Don’t Improve Learning

To sum up, learning styles go to the content and not the person.  There isn’t a medical school teaching surgeons via audio tapes because they’re auditory learners.  In fact, learning styles violate a fundamental law of learning: the specificity principle,  which means that you teach what you want the person to do.  So, you teach welders to weld by having them weld.  You teach surgeons by having them perform surgery.

That being said, students don’t perform better using their so-called learning style because they don’t try as hard.  I call this the “silver bullet” effect, meaning that they think it’s a silver bullet that will solve all their learning problems.

Tesia Marshik explains.