Interesting survey. I was surprised about two years ago to read the Scientific American article Is Teaching to a Student's "Learning Style" a Bogus Idea? Have you looked at this article? What do you think of its premise?
That is an interesting article! Putting too much emphasis on learning preference might be bogus! Especially if it leads to "scattered" teaching or is from a test that is less than reliable.
I think, however, that they are simplifying what most teachers recognize about student learning preferences. I don't usually witness actual teachers trying to use a style of delivery that is not appropriate for the lesson at hand, just because they want to appeal to all the learning styles in the room at once as the article might suggest.
Instead, I see teachers understanding that using a variety of learning situations throughout a student's day will result in a greater satisfaction for the learner.
I think the learning style inventory is just a simple way for students to see that they might have a preference and can possibly seek out learning in ways that please them or are the most efficient way to learn.
I think the learning style inventory is also a way for teachers to examine practice and look for opportunities to vary delivery methods instead of "sticking" to some that are possibly overused.
Doug- I hadn't see that one.. Another one I have used is - Learning Style Inventory and it does a good job. I do think that taking the time to reflect on how one learns is important as it adds to how I process and make sense of information. I wonder what other inventory Engage users are trying.