If I listen I forget, if I see I remember, if I do understand;
Words uttered by the philosopher and Master Qiu Kong* in the China of 500 BC.
And today, more than two and half thousand years later,
we talk about experiential methodology defining it as an innovative.
A statement not exactly aligned with reality. We don’t use experiential methodology because it is innovative: we use experiential methodology because there is no more effective way to achieve learning. People do not have to remember, they must understand; they must understand why a certain behavior is more useful than another, they must understand what’s in it to change their set of behaviors. We are talking about beliefs. And we know that beliefs are not exactly the simplest aspects to work on. Beliefs do not change with small talks, the participant has to live the situation at first hand in order to put self into question. This is also confirmed by Edgar Dale in the early last century: according to this gentleman the experience represents the most effective way to learn. He explains it through what he called “Cone of Learning”, which states that we tend to remember:
Why so much theory? To tell you that we work a lot in practice, but we do not stop here. In the UNREAL training courses you can find all the levels of the Learning Cone, which we choose time after time to give our courses unquestionable strength: » Readings of the best books on the topics » Listening to new contents » Observation of videos, movies and simulations » Active participation during debriefing » Transferring information to other people » Practical application through the use of metaphors » Practical application through simulations » Real practical implementation.
This synergy creates in participants an anchor chain that facilitates the first (and more complex) learning phase. Each of the levels supports all the others and helps to bring home the awareness, the concept, the scheme, the method. And, if still not enough, we use another process to make anchors even more solid and lasting over time: a process that we are going to deepen in the next page.
* Just out of curiosity: Qiu Kong is here better known as Confucius; this name comes from Confutius, latinization of the expression Kong Fuzi (literally: Master Kong) by the early Jesuit missionaries in China.