scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: learning
Larry Tuck (LarryT@CURTCO.COM
Tue Nov 23 1999 - 19:23:55 CST
Mark Arend wrote:
Just ran across this as I was doing some lesson preparation. Thought you'd
It is estimated that children remember:
10% of what they hear,
60% of what they see,
90% of what they do.
Can't vouch for the accuracy but it's something to think about.
According to The Business Week Guide to Multimedia Presentations:
"A study by Dr. Albert Mehrabian a specialist in interpersonal
communications at the University of Southern California, found that words
alone (verbal) account for 7 percent of the impact of face to face
communications. Vocal communication, associated with characteristics of
voice such as tone and inflection, accounts for 38 percent. Visual
communication, including facial expression and gestures, accounts for 55
percent of the total impact."
In other words, what you say is, in a sense, less important than how you say
it. Demonstrations and visual aids can contribute to retention, but so do
enthusiasm, tone of voice and body language.
The other statistic I've heard is that learners will only retain something
like three to six discrete items of information per training session. The
point is that you need to select the things you really want them to remember
and reinforce those, rather than overwhelming them with too many facts.
Scoutmaster, Troop 761
Thousand Oaks, CA
(and, coincidentally, former editor of Presentations Magazine)