Forget Learning Styles. Your Organizational Learning Strategy Should Be Based on Science.

Back in the 1990’s, researchers Fleming & Mills thought they were onto something big: they recommended that we customize instruction based on individual learning styles. Their theory was that people could be auditory, visual, or kinesthetic learners and that instructors needed to provide a variety of content types to accommodate these different styles. This approach caught on quickly, and in a 2020 study, it was reported that 80-95% of people still believe in the power of learning styles to enhance instruction.

Here’s the problem: there’s a complete lack of evidence to support the use of learning styles, and many studies have actually shown that this approach doesn’t work at all, whether we’re talking about learning in the classroom or learning in the corporate environment – also known as “organizational education,” which will be the focus of this article.

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