The trouble with VAK

Sharp, John G., Byrne, Jenny and Bowker, Rob (2007) The trouble with VAK. Educational Futures, 1, 76-93.


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Developments within education, psychology and the neurosciences have shed a great deal of light on how we learn while, at the same time, confirming for us all that learning is a profoundly complex process and far from understood. Against this background, and in this position paper, we consider the recent rise in interest in the concept of learning styles as VAK (visual, auditory, kinaesthetic) in primary schools in England and Wales and begin to identify and interrogate some of the more bizarre and outrageous claims frequently used to legitimise and lend support to its validity. Through the casual acceptance and promotion of VAK, and its wider association with the notions of accelerated and brain-based learning, the complexity of learning as a whole is becoming increasingly trivialised and scholarship at all levels within certain sectors of the education community compromised.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1758-2199 (electronic)
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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Professional Practice & Pedagogy
ePrint ID: 58451
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
June 2007Published
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:39

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