Developments in cognitive science have had some far reaching impacts on learning theories. For instance , Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences has its repercussions in learning styles theory. A whole new body of substantiated and scientific knowledge was subsequently produced to encapsulate the core principles undergirding the multiple intelligences theory in educational literature. New instructional methodologies emerged to account for the different learning styles of students.
No two human beings are the same and therefore the way they learn and process information is not necessarily the same. Some learn better through visual aids, others find it easy to learn when they are engaged in hands-on activities involving not only their intellectual abilities but also their body parts ( Kinestetics). At the face of it the multiple learning styles theory seems to offer a plausible explanation to the differences exhibited in students learning habits however, there is another side to the story. The graphic below from elearning infographics captures this side pretty throughly. It features 8 arguments against the multiple learning styles theory. I invite you to check them out below and share with us what you think of them. Enjoy