Essay on Is the Utilization of Learning Styles Necessary?

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There is a great debate raging throughout the educational system in America today. At the heart of this battle is the question over whether or not educators should alter their lesson plans to reflect the learning styles of their students. Many of us have heard someone say, “I couldn’t figure out what they were saying, but once they showed me how I was able to do it.” This is an example of someone’s learning style. A learning style is the way a person prefers to process, internalize, and remember new information or concepts. On one side of this debate are those educators that believe students should adapt to the teacher’s way of teaching, and that some students will just have to try harder than others to be successful learners. Then there…show more content…
There are other variables when examining learning styles that take a little more time to uncover, but are equally as important.
There are some people who believe that if the way things have been done in the past worked then why change and do them differently now. Some educators seem to trust this adage still today. They utilize the same lesson plans and reading assignments and lectures semester after semester never questioning whether or not their students are in fact involved in the learning process or if their students really know the information. Neil D Fleming, Educational Developer at Lincoln University, Canterbury, New Zealand and co-developer of VARK a guide to learning styles once wrote, “If access to information was knowledge then libraries would grant degrees to every student who borrowed 65 books.” On the surface this practice would be absurd yet is this not exactly what is being practiced by the educators who just expect their students to learn because the reading was assigned or the lecture was given? Students are being expected to “know” the real world applications of the subject being taught through a book or a lecture. Some students are never even allowed to manipulate or misapply the information supplied so that they can learn through their mistakes, they only “parrot” back the same dry facts
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