Clark Quinn on Learning Myths and Superstitions (T is for Training #230)

Here are resources mentioned during the conversation with Clark Quinn about his book Millennials, Goldfish & Other Training Misconceptions: Debunking Learning Myths and Superstitions (ATD Press; 2018) on Episode #230 of T is for Training:


Clark Quinn: Millennials, Goldfish & Other Training Misconceptions: Debunking Learning Myths and Superstitions




George Couros: The Innovator’s Mindset





Kathy Sierra: Badass: Making Users Awesome





Julie Beck: “This Article Won’t Change Your Mind”

MindTools: “Kirkpatrick’s Four-Level Training Evaluation Model”

PsycholoGenie Staff: “Belief Perseverance”

David McRaney: “The Backfire Effect”

Clark Quinn: “Debunking Learning Myths: Millennials, Goldfish, and other Training Misconceptions”

Clark Quinn: “Learnlets” blog

Jeremy Adam Smith: “How the Science of ‘Blue Lies’ May Explain Trump’s Support: They Are a Very Particular Form of Deception That Can Build Solidarity Within Groups”

Wikipedia: “Desirable Difficulty”

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