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Hello Saundra and others in this conversation,

I have been following it and enjoying it, and also want to follow up Saundra's encouraging words to all of you who offer your expertise here.
So I couldn't resist this one and thanks to  Saundra for sharing the link where this was debunked.  

As learning specialists, this statement from the website article should become our mantra . . .

" general statements on the effectiveness of learning methods are not credible---learning results depend on too many variables to enable such precision."

Having been in education for longer than I care to admit, I have always worried about the tendency in the field to latch on to the latest "recipe" for success.  And yes, in many of the study skills books and materials we all use still do this.  In our workshops, we emphasize  that learning is complicated, highly individualized, contextual, and that there are no "one size fits all" strategies.  We focus on helping students understand their own learning profiles, and then help them learn to  analyze the learning tasks, leading to strategies based on the task and capitalizing on their learning preferences, or determining how they may need to develop adaptive strategies.  Better understanding the task is what should drive the strategic approach.  We refer to it and understanding the "target zone"  In our Strategic Learning class we use the Let Me Learn system for this.  But in workshops, where we only have an hour, the point is simply to debunk the idea that there is one way to study and learn, and focus on the task analysis.  

And by the way, the "Count the Vowels" activity (which I picked up on this listserve!)  is a great interactive exercise to demonstrate this idea of studying with the wrong target zone in mind.  I wrap up the discussion with this quick funny video on the target zone:

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE8CUT66AMs

Comments from the students after attending this workshop regularly mention that they never thought to think first about the task before they determine how to proceed.   

Thanks for all the great ideas and discussions.  Keep them coming!


Pat
 
Patricia A. Maher, Ph. D.
Director, Tutoring and Learning Services
University of South Florida
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Subject: Information about the Cone' fabricated data

http://www.willatworklearning.com/2006/05/people_remember.html


Saundra McGuire, Ph.D.
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Subject: Re: A great website

The website listed below claims that Edgar Dale's Cone of Experience fabricates percentages but doesn't give documentation to substantiate that claim.  I have used the pictured chart in several workshops so the matter is of concern to me. Anyone have a comment on the subject? 

wOO HoO!
M.E. McWilliams
AARC Tutoring Center Director
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Stephen F. Austin State University
936 468 1439

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Subject: A great website

 https://sites.google.com/a/uwlax.edu/exploring-how-students-learn/




Saundra McGuire, Ph.D.
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