Moving in the direction of an evidence-based practice paradigm has been illustrated in many professions. Taking learning to that next level requires a more solid appreciation for the numbers, and remembering a few key letters. There are six compelling reasons for why the learning and development community needs to shift collectively to an evidence-based practice paradigm. These reasons are readily forthcoming using the mnemonic ABCDE. Actuarial science is one that collects all sorts of data about observed outcomes of phenomena, usually from raw data, and then calculates low, medium and high correlations on the probability of those outcomes occurring. The hope is that some very forward-looking professionals will remap their trails' connecting breadcrumbs toward achieving maximum advantage -- called metacognition. For some disciplines, the urgency of keeping abreast of what works is more blatant, even compulsory. In business environments, effectiveness is hardly a word foreign to everyone.
The ABCDEs of Learning and Development's Next Paradigm Benjamin E Ruark T + D; Aug 2009; 63, 8; Docstoc pg. 50 R
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