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Focused educational intervention improves but may not sustain knowledge regarding falls management
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    “Learning pyramid theory” is bogus

    It is unfortunate that the authors have poorly cited a justification for not using lectures. In their “Lessons and Limitations,” they write: “Lecture-based education has its own limitations. Learning pyramid theory suggests that average retention following a lecture can be as low as 5%.” They cite Lalley and Miller as their source.

    If they look closely at Lalley and Miller, however, they will see that that paper does not support their contention. Worse, Lalley and Miller actually argue against that model. Other papers on the topic reinforce the point that the “Learning pyramid theory” is bogus, and not to be trusted. (e.g. Masters, K (2013) Edgar Dale's Pyramid of Learning in medical education: A literature review, Medical Teacher, 35:11, e1584-e1593, DOI: 10.3109/0142159X.2013.800636 (Note possible conflicts of interests, as I am the author of that article.))

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    I am the author of the paper to which I refer these authors. I state that clearly in my text.