There is much debate over learning styles. Some stick to the notion that learning styles are indeed a thing while others argue that it is a myth debunked by several studies.
Whether they are actually a thing seems to come down to whoever you speak to. The infographic above (created by PoundPlace) would suggest that learning styles are very real and back it up with some research.
The funny thing about the whole learning style debate is that regardless of the studies out there the general population believes that they do exist and even go so far as to define how they best prefer to learn. There are people who truly believe they are better visual learners and perhaps they have experiences that back this up. Personally, I see nothing wrong with this.
Still, the entire concept of learning styles is a bit of a touchy subject for many people in the instructional design field. It’s often liable to spark emotionally charged comments. I will be honest, the responses we still get on this article about learning styles always surprises me. In fact, the comments alone is what prompted a few other articles on the subject.
I personally don’t get bothered when infographics like the one above come out as I feel in it there is something to be learned and perhaps leveraged for the way we create course content. I would ask where you stand on the subject but there is a strong possibility you’ll leave your comment anyhow. 🙂