Many of us first learned about K. Anders Ericsson’s research in 2008 when it was popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in his book, Outliers. Using Ericsson’s research, Gladwell devoted a chapter to the “10,000 hour rule,” and identified 10,000 hours as a general measure for the amount of practice that had been applied by people who were at the very top of their field. In the years since Outliers, Ericsson’s research has been widely praised and debated, but never fully explained. Now, with his new book, Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise, co-authored with science writer, Robert Pool, Ericsson condenses three decades of his research and introduces a “powerful approach to learning that is fundamentally different from the way people traditionally think about acquiring a skill.” In an in-depth Q&A with Larry Ferlazzo, Ericsson and Pool discuss the meaning of “deliberate practice,” share why traditional professional development and training methods fail to help learners “apply their knowledge to solve problems in real world situations,” and point out that the main rule for successfully using technology to promote deliberate practice is keeping the “principles of deliberate practice in mind when designing the uses of new technologies.” Learn how your organization can incorporate the power of deliberate practice by using Practice.
May 09, 2016