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I know there is a saying about "I remember x% of wehat I hear, Y% of what I see and Z% of what I do"
but I can't remember the figures and I don't know who to attribute it to - can anyone help?
Suzanne Aitken

4 Responses

  1. Proverb
    There is a Confucius quotation which says “what I Hear, I Forget, what I see I remember and what I do I know”

  2. Confusing Confucius?
    You may be confusing Confucius with the work of Albert Mehrabian who claimed this classic statistic for the effectiveness of spoken communications:
    • 7% of meaning is in the words that are spoken.
    • 38% of meaning is paralinguistic (the way that the words are said).
    • 55% of meaning is in facial expression.

  3. Origin of statistics
    In the Book The Learning Revolution by Dryden & Vos there is the following quote:

    “We learn 10% of what we read
    15% of what we hear
    80% of what we experience
    Global village in action, article On The Beam, winter 1992 published by new horizons for learning”

    Quoted on p96

    I have tried to trace it further without success.


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