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Managers and trainers rely on James R. Davis and Adelaide B. Davis’ book on training strategies, which the authors now have adapted as a personal self-help guide to learning. Although they touch briefly on underlying learning theories and present examples of learning from diverse academic fields (i.e. psychology, sociology, philosophy and communications), this is primarily a step-by-step manual. It begins with a brief self-assessment, guiding you to examine your strengths and weaknesses and to decide what you want to learn. Then, the authors explain how and when to use each of the seven major approaches to learning: behavioral, cognitive, inquiry, mental models, collaborative, virtual realities and holistic learning. They also suggest the best ways to learn in each category. Their well organized book lists major principles, enumerates rules, and provides a summary of each chapter. getAbstract recommends this individually directed manual to those who wish to make the most of the time they spend absorbing new information.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How you can be an effective learner;
  • What type of learning is best for achieving the results you want; and
  • How to create a learning plan.

About the Author

James R. Davis  is a professor at the University of Denver. His books include Better Teaching, More Learning and Interdisciplinary Courses and Team Teaching. He co-authored Effective Training Strategies: A Comprehensive Guide to Maximizing Learning in Organizations with Adelaide B. Davis.  She served as a training analyst for a state-managed public utilities company, and taught human resource management at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.



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At this time of rapid change, everyone must be a perpetual learner. The key to being a good learner is learning more about learning, so that you can make the most of what you learn from any effort you undertake. You want to become proficient at the process of learning...

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