The science of learning and development: The four foundation stones

The science of learning and development: The four foundation stones
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70% of delegates revert to previous behaviours a year after their L&D courses. Whilst it’s an uncomfortably large number, not all courses suffer from this issue. What differentiates those that succeed and those that don’t is the quality of course. Our white paper explores the four foundations that should underpin the development of any effective L&D strategy in the 21st century.

Key headlines from our white paper ‘The science of learning and development: the four foundation stones’

  1. Learners are human

The most successful L&D programmes view people as human beings, not just ‘learners’. It’s important that you treat delegates as self-directed human beings who are capable of learning and growing and are worthy of respect.

  1. Learners are active

People play an active role in creating their understanding and knowledge of the world. They aren’t a blank slate but they actively embed new information within their existing concepts and experiences. It’s critical that your L&D approach is learner-focused and experiential.

  1. Learners are adults

It’s important that the differences between learning in adults and children are acknowledged. Adults need to know why they should learn something, and are especially motivated to learn skills or behaviours that they can apply in day-to-day life. What’s more, although adults’ life experiences carry a rich resource for learning, they also bring implicit biases and assumptions.

  1. Learners aren’t isolated

Learning doesn’t take place in a vacuum. New skills, knowledge and behaviours acquired through L&D activities need to be transferred back into the workplace, with all its social interactions, complexities, culture and history. Knowledge and behaviour change must be applied to real life problem solving and activities within the context of the person’s current or future role.

The impact of the philosophical and scientific beliefs that underpin learning and development programmes shouldn’t be underestimated. Using these four critical foundation stones, you can build an effective L&D strategy where learners continue to retain their new skills and behaviours years after your intervention. 

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