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Myth-Busting: Learning Styles as a Pedagogical Tool

Wednesday, April 12, 2023, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Section on Teaching Methods

What are your students dominant learning styles? Auditory, kinesthetic, visual text, or visual graphic? Does it matter? More importantly, should it change the way we teach?

Since the 1970s, educators have been discussing learning styles and whether educators should recognize them and “teach to” students’ particular learning styles. Teacher training has emphasized learning styles as a way of centering the students’ learning experience in the classroom, especially in K-12 education.

In recent years, as law professors have engaged with more pedagogy-focused scholarship, some have sought to differentiate their instruction based on their students’ perceived learning styles. But current scholarship has discredited learning styles as a useful approach to teaching and learning. Where do we go from here?

This panel will explore learning styles, separating fact from fiction, and examine differentiated instruction, assessing whether and to what extent differentiated instruction should play a role in law school learning environments.

Join this timely and important discussion sponsored by AALS Teaching Methods Section with panelists Prof. Kris Franklin of New York Law School, and Prof. and Assoc. Dean Karen Sneddon of Mercer Law School, and moderators Professors Cindy Thomas Archer, University of California, Irvine Law and Jeff Minneti, Seattle University Law. The Discussion will be hosted on the AALS platform on Wednesday April 12, 2023, at 1:00 pm eastern.


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