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Message 1 of 8: Peter Mayes on 21/01/2013
Hi all

I have been doing a considerable amount of reading over the past few months (see the growing CPD record in my profile) and am wondering whether the suggestion, even assertion, that training is a profession is, and is seen by others as, a false, unsupported and undermining concept.

A read through Wikipedia on Profession, Professional, etc indicates a 'requirement' of structure and rigour that many of the collective practitioners within the learning and development discipline are not able to meet.

That is not to say that some within the learning and development discipline do not act in a professional manner, but there is no single repository of collective knowledge, regulation of practice nor sanction for failure to follow even basic ethical behaviours.

From the growing tower of research papers on my desk, there is little scientific study that any one particular methodology works (over and above another) and a growing body of work (including books) that identify that some practitioners could be seen as mere peddlers of myth, heresay, falsehoods and downright dodgy methodologies.

Again that is not to say that some tools, instruments and methods do not meet a defined end but should there be a greater explicitness about the 'scientific validity' of a particular product.

Challenging question I know and it is in no way to diminish the excellent work that many of the TrainerBase members undertake on behalf of their clients.

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