Neil Fleming’s “VARK” model, in which he splits learners into categories of Visual, Aural, Reading/Writing, and Kinesthetic, has caused quite a controversy.
Critics say it’s impossible to classify learners this way and you shouldn’t change your teaching according to the type of learner you think you have. And yet, it’s helpful to understand the various ways the brain absorbs new information.
Where does this leave us? Brain experts suggest that we engage as many different parts of the brain as we can to achieve optimal learning. So, let’s revise:
“visual OR aural OR read/write OR kinesthetic”
“visual AND aural AND read/write AND kinesthetic”
And, while we’re at it, let’s also add STORIES and EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCES.