This question is an add-on to my last post: I no longer believe in learning styles. You? It might be a good idea to read that to put this in some kind of context :)
If we cater to individual preference in terms of how to receive input
aka match our teaching style to students’ preferred learning styles
how can we possibly properly develop the multiple intelligences that, according to Gardner, we all posses?
If all we have is a hammer all we will see are nails. What happens when we come across a screw?
If Johnny, the supposed visual learner, receives only visual input most of the time (as part of his formal learning, since his teacher will be matching how she teaches to his preference…), he will only be able to deal with what can be dealt with visually to any degree of depth.
Sounds pretty uni-dimensional to me.
ESPECIALLY when we know that for knowledge to enter long term memory it is most successful when dually encoded – visually and verbally! The more diverse the input we have, the better the learning.