T&D: We Need “EBP Only” In Our T&D/L&D Profession


It is extremely unfair to everyone in any field for leaders to both bash and promote aspect of that field – IMO. Their followers/members are led into confusion. And that confusion weakens the field.

In our case, one such confusion exists about Learning Styles.

From Both Sides Now

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s cloud’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all

– Joni Mitchell – Both Sides Now

Making Money Each Way

Is it for the money? Because it doesn’t seem to be for the good of the profession – this confusion about Learning Styles.

Is it deliberate – talking from both sides of the mouth – as the saying goes?


What is EBP?

Evidence Based Practice.

Evidence-based practice is an interdisciplinary approach to clinical practice that has been gaining ground following its formal introduction in 1992. It started in medicine as evidence-based medicine and spread to allied health professions, educational fields, and others. Wikipedia

Borrowing a Definition From an ISPI Effort in 2004

To me, one definition of EBP matches the definition of HPT – Human Performance Technology – sometimes referred to as HPI – Human Performance Improvement, or PI – Performance Improvement, among other labels.

HPT by any name is about the application of technology (science – not computer tools) to Human Performance – and as the late Don Tosti put it: “All performance is a human endeavor.”

From the 2004 Report to the Board of ISPI:


Want To See More Of This Report?

It is available as a PDF – here.


Resources About Learning Styles As a Myth

Clark Quinn’s book – “Millennials, Goldfish & Other Training Misconceptions” – which addresses LS and other, unfortunately popular Myths – here.

The Truth About Teaching to Learning Styles, and What to Do Instead

Publications Library – September 20, 2018 – by Jane Bozarth

New Scientific Review of Learning Styles

By Will Thalheimer

Definitive review by Pashler et al  


Are ‘Learning Styles a Symptom of Education’s Ill?

Published in TES magazine on 21 November, 2014 | By: Daniel Willingham

Learning Styles – A Bridge to Nowhere?

There Is No Such Thing as “Learning Styles”
by Sigmund Tobias, Fordham University – Published in Summer 2001 in the CADDI Newsletter: Pursuing Performance – here – and in a post here:

Debunking the Myth – There Is No Such Thing As “Learning Styles”

Ruth Clark, PhD – Evidence-Based Training: Debunking the Myth of Learning Styles

– a short summary of Ruth Clark’s book where she addresses the myth of learning styles. From: http://learnstreaming.com/7-resources-explaining-the-learning-styles-myth/ – also: http://clarktraining.com/blog/?p=26

Learning styles FAQ –   Daniel Willingham – http://www.danielwillingham.com/1/post/2012/04/learning-styles-faq.html

From APS – Association for Psychological Science – 2009

Learning Styles Debunked: There is No Evidence Supporting Auditory and Visual Learning, Psychologists Say – here.

Why Is the Research on Learning Styles Still Being Dismissed by Some Learning Leaders and Practitioners?

By Guy W. Wallace / eLearn Magazine – November 2011– here.

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What would you add as a resource … and to the conversation?

Join the Informal Group…

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Or Join The Debunker Club

Here. Instigated by Will Thalheimer, PhD.

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