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Many people, including educators, believe learning styles are set at birth and predict both academic and career success even though there is no scientific evidence to support this common myth.
Previous research has shown that the learning styles model can undermine education in many ways. Educators spend time and money tailoring lessons to certain learning styles for different students even though all students would benefit from learning through various methods. Students study in ways that match their perceived learning style even though it won’t help them succeed.
Researchers from international leading universities in teaching and learning support this statement.
We also include a debate in this regard, supporting the evidence presented, in the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe. https://epale.ec.europa.eu/en/blog/controversy-myths-and-harms-learning-styles