Friday, October 25, 2019
Comment: James Levy (Nova SE), The pernicious falsehood about visual learners and other neuromyths raises an important issue for legal education: the continuation of learning neuromyths in legal education, which damage our students. The most important of these is the learning styles neuromyth-- "students learn best when they are taught according to their preferred learning styles." Professor Levy declares, "But perhaps the most important point to emerge from the OLC report is that continuing to adhere to these neuromyths may be detrimental to student learning because, for example, it encourages students to seek out information presented only in a particular way such as visually. This has led the study's authors to recommend that educators be disabused of these pernicious myths and instead adopt teaching practices informed by research and science." In other words, any law professor who is still adhering to the learning style neuromyth is damaging his or her students' ability to learn.
In the post Educational Neuromyths and Cognitive Biases, I explain why some teachers cling to these neuromyths, despite the fact that they have been thoroughly disproven.