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Multisensory is not VAK

VAK (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) learning styles has been widely discredited. Tim Jay explains the difference between multisensory learning and VAK

It is important for students to experience concepts through a variety of senses, to build up a variety of representations and the connections between them.

Supporting students to make connections between these different representations of the same thing can construct a more flexible understanding of the idea, concept or phenomena that is being taught.

This understanding can then be built upon more easily as the student has a number of representations to draw on. This does not mean presenting ideas using different senses all at the same time.


In this video Tim explains how multisensory learning approaches are different from VAK methods of teaching. As we covered in the neuromyths quiz in Week 1, VAK (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) learning styles has been widely discredited (Coffield et al., 2004).
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