What Teachers Know about the Science of Learning

This article from The Learning Agency Lab concludes that “teachers are not being provided with the knowledge and evidence to make their teaching truly effective.”  The study found, for example, that 97% of respondents endorsed the idea of “learning styles” and their impact on learning outcomes, an idea that has no scientific support.  77% of respondents endorsed the idea that people are either right-brained or left-brained, another concept without scientific support.  Only 31% of respondents endorsed the value of retrieval practice over simply rereading material, a principle with substantial scientific support.  The article also clarifies that educators themselves are not to blame, pointing at the need for change in the systems that train and support teachers.

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