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Effective Training Strategies

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Effective Training Strategies

A Comprehensive Guide to Maximizing Learning in Organizations


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Training strategies can tell you how people learn, but only you can decide what your employees need to know, and how they can be inspired to take the whole thing seriously.

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  • Comprehensive
  • Applicable
  • Well Structured


James R. Davis and Adelaide B. Davis present a comprehensive guide to seven major training strategies, along with underlying learning theories, and examples of how different companies have used these approaches. The book draws on conversations with trainers and the results of research on learning from diverse fields - including psychology, sociology, philosophy, and communications. Its easy organization allows you to quickly extract its major principles, which are highlighted in bold-faced summaries, bullet-pointed lists, numbered rules, and final chapter summaries outlining major conclusions. If you want more depth, you can read the capsule descriptions of companies that have used the approach featured in a chapter. getabstract recommends this excellent guide to academicians, training professionals, and any managers charged with training new or existing employees.


The Importance of Learning

Because of the explosion of knowledge and the globalization of competition today, learning is more important than ever. To continue improving and to compete successfully, your entire organization needs to dedicate itself to learning. All of the individuals in your organization need to be learning all of the time.

Whether you are conducting training yourself or hiring trainers, you need to know the best strategies. When you understand these standard methods, which use well-established theories and research, you can increase learning in your organization. Such theories and research come from several fields - notably psychology, sociology, philosophy and communications.

Apply different learning-based training strategies, depending on what kind of learning you want to convey. You will encourage learning if you know more about how to learn.

To choose and apply training strategies, you need to understand some basic learning principles. Training is a process in which skills are developed, information is provided, and attitudes are nurtured, to help individuals become more effective and efficient in their work. You must commit your whole...

About the Authors

James R. Davis  is a professor of higher education at the University of Denver. His books include Better Teaching, More Learning and Interdisciplinary Courses and Team Teaching. Adelaide B. Davis  has served as a training analyst for COPASA, a public utilities company, and has taught human resource management.

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