I have read research claiming the idea of multiple styles of learning does not hold up. If so, what does the research say is the best form of learning/teaching?
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Recent eagle's-eye overview of best-practice study methods: Dunlosky, John, et al. "What works, what doesn't." Scientific American Mind 24.4 (2013): 46-53.
Gold star winners:
- Self-testing. That is: doing homework exercises and checking the answers.
- Distributed practice. Studying regularly in batches over time (not cramming).
Runners-up (mixed evidence):
- Elaborative interrogation.
- Interleaved practice. ("Mixed practice")
What doesn't work:
- Summarization, keyword mnemonics, and imagery for text learning.
Multimodal Learning as per the article Multimedia design: the effects of relating multimodal information, M. Dubois and I. Vial
A statistically significant effect was observed on word memorisation in the different information presentation modes, suggesting better processing when there is co-referencing of the different sources, especially when the encoding and tests modes are the same.
In general, people learn better when the material is presented from multiple types of media: text, audio, video, etc.
The article is linked here: