In many, many pieces that I read, I have seen a version of the “fact” that “in a recent US federal survey, it was found that 83% of people are visual learners.” Today, I needed to track down that stat in order to cite it. Turns out, as far as I can tell, the stat was never generated by any US govt agency.
In a study done by Fowler et al, this stat surfaces. But it wasn’t a US Fed government stat. It’s a decent study and deserves some attention, but that does not account for the mythical status of the claim that 83% of students are visual learners. In theory, US OSHA office used it in a report, but the link is dead to that report at this time.
I really tire of sloppy research. More on this as it develops….