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This article discussed a meta analysis (looking at several studies) and it discovered that many studies on learning styles were flawed. In what ways does it suggest that learning styles studies were flawed?

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Pashler et al. illustrated basic concepts by which the authors claimed most learning style studies were flawed: overzealous interpretations of results.

Firstly, let's take a look at what is being studied: the learning style hypothesis is that certain individuals are more attuned towards learning based on certain stimuli. For example, those who are visual learners tend to learn something better (measurable by retention, rate of proficiency) if a style of learning that focuses on visual stimulation is applied.

This is, ultimately a difficult hypothesis to test, and Pashler et al. illustrated the many ways that many studies have gone about doing this. Please refer to the study Learning Styles - Concepts and Evidence by Harold Pashler, Mark McDaniel, Doug Rohrer, and Robert Bjork to use as an example for the explanations. In figure 1, the authors illustrate using 1D-I, unacceptable forms of evidence that a number of studies have used to "prove" ...

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Compose an essay based on your preferred learning style

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Please choose two of the three Learning Style Inventory sites listed below and answer the questions posed. Please collect and organize the results. Think about the information being shared with you about your learning style so that you can write about it in the Personal Essay assignment. Consider if you agree or disagree with the results.

List of Inventories
1. Index of Learning Styles http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/learningstyles/ilsweb.html

•Format for in-text citation (paraphrasing): (Felder & Soloman, n.d.)
•Format for in-text citation (quotation - use page or paragraph numbers): (Felder & Soloman, n.d., p. number) or (Felder & Soloman, n.d., para. number)
•Format for Reference page: Felder, R. M., & Soloman, B. A. (n.d.). Index of learning styles. Retrieved from http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/learningstyles/ilsweb.html

2. Learning Style Inventory http://www.personal.psu.edu/bxb11/LSI/LSI.htm

•Format for in-text citation (paraphrasing): (Bixler, 2010).
•Format for in-text citation (quotation - use page or paragraph numbers): (Bixler, 2010, p. number) or (Bixler, 2010, para. number)
•Format for Reference page: Bixler, B. (2010). Learning style inventory. Retrieved from http://www.personal.psu.edu/bxb11/LSI/LSI.htm

3. The Center for New Discoveries in Learning http://www.howtolearn.com/learning-styles-quiz
•Format for in-text citation (paraphrasing): (The Center for New Discoveries in Learning, 2012).
•Format for in-text citation (quotation - use page or paragraph numbers): (The Center for New Discoveries in Learning, 2012, p. number) or (The Center for New Discoveries in Learning, 2012, para. number)
•Format for Reference page: The Center for New Discoveries in Learning. (2012). Learning styles inventory. Retrieved from http://www.howtolearn.com/learning-styles-quiz

Put these ideas together by composing a short personal essay (500Words). Your essay should include the following:
•An introductory paragraph sharing what the essay is about;
•Your reasons for seeking a college degree;
•Your learning style, as shared by the inventories taken (be sure to include which of the four you took and cite the source using the author and year);
•Whether you agree or disagree with the results of those inventories and why; and
• A strong concluding paragraph that summarizes the key points of the essay.

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