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The Learning and Development Book: Change the Way You Think About L & D by Mary Stewart, Tricia Emerson

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“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”

SOCRATES

We’re still learning from Socrates

When most people think of training, they think of a classroom lecture. Participants gain new knowledge by listening and watching. This is called direct information presentation and most people find it ineffective. The learning just doesn’t “stick”.

Another approach is the Socratic Method: a facilitated dialogue between an expert and new performers. Participants gain new knowledge or skills through discovery. Participants go on a journey from one piece of knowledge to the next, creating better under- standing and stronger memories. However, this method assumes the learner comes in with some relatable ...

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