Which brings me to an interesting question!
Since teaching/learning is such a critical endeavor (or so I would argue), where are all the spiffy third-party, unbiased, peer-reviewed, truly scientific studies indicating relative efficacies?
My (admittedly) casual observations plus (direct and daily) liaising with about 40 other teachers at my institute, suggests that teachers don't really know what works best. Teachers seem to know only what they rationalize is comfortable for them, and what appears to give results they find acceptable (or at least I assume they find acceptable!).
In fact, it seems to me that the teaching/learning process is enveloped in (what could well be considered) a cloud of mysticism / tradition / superstition / politicization not dissimilar in some senses to religion!
As such, I have not found a scientifically conclusive study that supports the contentions made in my first post as per:
"There is a belief that the more senses you engage in the teaching/learning process the more likely the average retention will be better for the presented information.
However if we assume said presented information is collated with a given sensory input, it can then be argued as per B.F. Skinner / Pavlov that said information retention will only have maximum efficacy when a similar sensory engagement is present."
So........at this time I have no great faith in any given teaching/learning theory as most (if not all) appear to be lacking third-party, unbiased, peer-reviewed, truly scientific studies indicating relative efficacy.
And the so-called "experts" that are (presumably) instructing me on how to be a better teacher don't know either!