Sharp, John G., Byrne, Jenny and Bowker, Rob
The trouble with VAK
Educational Futures, 1, .
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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.
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