chapter  11
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Teaching Secondary Teachers about Style: Should We Do It?

ByELIZABETH R. PETERSON, SARAH S. CARNE, SARAH J. FREEAR

The past few decades have seen a proliferation of research on learning styles and cognitive styles. An Internet search on Google for ‘learning style’ currently results in an astounding 91,900,000 hits and a search for ‘cognitive style’ results in 3,630,000 hits. Many of these sites contain learning style tests where you can “discover your learning style within two minutes” or be “one click away from Understanding Your Learning Style”. These Web sites, along with a myriad of books and magazine articles, attempt to capitalize on the layperson’s desire to make learning easier and to succeed in both education and the workplace. Such ambitions are not surprising given that success at school and in the workplace is known to have many lifelong benefi ts such as higher socioeconomic status, health, and well-being.