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Worldwide learning survey – preliminary results


Dr Peter Honey, chartered psychologist and joint developer of the Honey and Mumford Learning Styles theory, has carried out a worldwide survey into learning skills through his network of contacts and website . Preliminary results are give below. Full results will be published on Learning at Work Day, May 20.

Preliminary Results

The Worldwide Learning Skills Survey develops work that Dr Honey has carried out to assess people’s ability and willingness to make and take learning opportunities. Results so far suggest that the five things that people worldwide are doing the least are:

- Learning from routine experiences (which is a shame as life provides more routine experiences than exciting, new experiences)

- Using a partner to help them learn (unfortunate because research has shown that discussing learning crystallises your own learning and enriches the other person’s learning)

- Asking ‘What have I/we learnt today?’

- Asking ‘In how many ways could I/we apply this learning?’

- Keeping a record/log of learning (unfortunate since research has shown that recording what has been learnt vastly increases its retention and makes it much more likely the learning will be translated into improved performance)

Results have also showed a marked difference between men and women and older and younger people.


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