ERIC Number: EJ1087278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
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Learning Styles and Teacher Training: Are We Perpetuating Neuromyths?
Lethaby, Carol; Harries, Patricia
ELT Journal, v70 n1 p16-27 Jan 2016
Recent research suggests that brain-based teaching, as exhibited in the idea of teaching to address perceptual learning styles, has no basis in what scientists are learning about the brain and how it works. This article questions whether training teachers to assess and accommodate learning styles is harmless or potentially poor educational practice. A study was conducted amongst practising language teachers to uncover the extent to which they believed in so-called "neuromyths" and whether and how these beliefs, particularly the idea that accommodating sensory learning styles improves learning, have influenced their teaching. The article concludes with some recommendations regarding current scientific findings in this area and language teacher education.
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Educational Practices, Language Teachers, Neuropsychology, Beliefs, Scientific Research, Neurosciences, Teacher Education, Training Methods, Sensory Training, Teacher Attitudes
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