Science starting to impact training and development

Ruth Clark, keynote speaker at next week's Canadian Society for Training and Development Knowledge Exchange conference, sat down with Canadian HR Reporter to talk about the evolution of the training profession
By Uyen Vu
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 07/28/2005

Ruth Clark isn’t under any illusion that we have learned all that we need to learn about learning. Far from it.

In her view the training profession is today where medical doctors were in the early 1800s — mixing science and hocus pocus, selling concoctions on hype and hope but, in small numbers, beginning to sort out what works and what doesn’t by testing them for replicable results.

Though the body of research is still small, it has been growing, particularly in the area of cognitive psychology, said Clark. As keynote speaker at next week’s annual Knowledge Exchange, an industry conference in Toronto organized by the Canadian Society of Training and Development, Clark sees it as her job to rally practitioners to apply science in the training they develop and deliver.