Despite the widespread claims among teachers and teacher educators that teaching is a researched based profession, unsubstantiated myths are rather more common in educational discourse than carefully interpreted research.
Among modern myths are those relating to ‘multiple intelligences,’ ‘emotional intelligence,’ ‘brain research’ (as relevant to educators), and ‘learning styles.’ This paper will:
1. Briefly explore some of these concepts and their relationships in educational discourse;
2. Examine in some depth the claims made by those who advocate ‘brainbased learning’ and ‘learning styles’;
3. Relate the discussion to the political and ideological role played by these fashionable concepts in educational discourse.
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