Approaches to Training and Development

Approaches to Training and Development

Approaches to Training and Development

Approaches to Training and Development

Synopsis

This celebrated book, newly revised and updated, is a comprehensive treatment of organizational training and development: its basic ideas, organizational goals, and practical techniques. Dugan Laird, noted trainer, consultant, and author, shares his considerable experience in the whole field of human resource development and job-related training. The key to this book's ongoing popularity is its practicality: Laird's concern with the real-life problems and needs of T&D professionals. When and how should training be used, and what methods and techniques have worked and will work? The author's answers are supplemented by simple-to-follow process charts that outline each step of an effective training system. For this Second Edition, Laird has added material on new training technologies such as video and computer assisted instruction, explaining how and when they should be used to supplement traditional instructional techniques. How do you find training needs? What do you do when you don't give training? Learning objectives: who needs them? How do people learn? How important is teaching technique?

Excerpt

Revising an old manuscript, I have discovered, can be either exhilarating or gruesome. At its worst, the process must be like giving artifical respiration to the very, very dead. At its best, it's like attending commencement exercises for a favorite offspring—and discovering to your glee and surprise that the youngster has a great deal of sense and is part of an expanding and maturing university.

Fortunately, revising Approaches to Training and Development has been one of those happy, "commencement" kinds of experience. First of all, training and development is alive and well and growing. In fact, it has grown to be a part of a much larger arena than envisioned when this book first appeared in 1978. The competency study Pat McLagan did for the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) in 1983 identified the huge number of roles and skills needed for what many now call Human Resources Development . . .

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