How much people learn from each of the 4 D’s of Learning

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Here are the latest results of the survey (⇐ click the link to take it yourself) which shows how much people learn (at work) from each of the 4 D’s of Learning: DISCOVERY, DOING (the day job), DISCOURSE and DIDACTICS.  The average percentages are shown on the graphic below.

This table below provides a breakdown by age.

% of respondents 7% 27% 29% 29% 9%
age <30 30-39 40-49 50-59 >60
DISCOVERY
(finding things out for oneself)
33% 29% 30% 33% 36% 40%
DOING (the day job)
(daily work experiences)
32% 34% 33% 32% 30% 23%
DISCOURSE
(interacting with others)
21% 20% 22% 21% 20% 18%
DIDACTICS
(being trained or taught)
14% 17% 15% 14% 14% 19%

A few points to be made here:

ONE – Clearly, everyone learns in different ways at different times, but overall there does seem to be a pattern emerging that shows that learning at work mostly takes place through DISCOVERY and DOING (the day job).  However, we can see a few interesting differences

  • the youngest employees consider they learn slightly more (than the average) from  DOING the day job than DISCOVERY whilst this pattern gradually reverses as employees get older
  • the youngest and the oldest employees consider they learn slightly more than the average from DIDACTICS

In terms of nationalities (see table below)

  • those in the USA consider they learn more from DIDACTICS than the average
  • those in Australia and New Zealand and Brazil believe they learn ,more from DISCOVERY than the average
Percentage of responses 18% 18% 11% 8% 8% 4% 4% 3%
UK USA AUS&NZ CAN GER BENELUX INDIA BRAZ
DISCOVERY (33%) 32% 31% 36% 31% 30% 32% 30% 36%
DOING (32%) 34% 31% 32% 34% 33% 30% 33% 32%
DISCOURSE (21%) 22% 20% 20% 20% 23% 23% 20% 20%
DIDACTICS (14%) 12% 18% 12% 15% 14% 16% 16% 12%

TWO – Essentially 86% of what people learn comes from non-training activities – and yet it is the 14% where L&D’s focus lies.

THREE – The overall pattern aligns well with the 70:20:10 framework, where

  • 70% of learning comes from daily activities
  • 20% of learning from relationships
  • 10% of learning from training

So (Discovery+Doing)= 65%, Discourse= 21% and Didactics=14%.

The 70:20:10 framework has been criticised for a number of reasons, one of which because it puts a “perfectly even” percentage figure on the different ways of learning, but it has much to guide us. For, as Charles Jennings says

“It’s not about the numbers, it’s all about change”.

Let’s dig down into this a bit deeper, and consider how frequently we learn from each of the 4 D’s of Learning.

 


⇒  How frequently do you learn from the 4 D’s of Learning?

Last updated: October 8, 2021 at 15:27 pm