Enhancing Learning in Training and Adult Education

Enhancing Learning in Training and Adult EducationEnhancing Learning in Training and Adult Education
by Ronald R. Morgan, Judith A. Ponticell, & Edward E. Gordon
Publisher: Praeger/Greenwood

This book picks up where the well-received FutureWork (1994) left off. It builds a strong case for workplace trainers treating their work as research. The nine chapters are designed to prepare readers to become workplace consultants. The authors present their workplace training program of research as well as a mastery learning model. By presenting ideas from instructional psychology, cognitive science, mastery learning, and performance based assessments, and then relating these findings to the workplace, the authors offer a new way to look at learning in the workplace. Considerable focus is given to the need to enhance diversity within workplace settings. Suggested readings are included with each chapter.


"The purpose of this welcome addition to the area of adult education and training, stated in the preface, is 'to build a strong case for the notion that workplace training would be well served if they [trainers] viewed their work as research.' ...A number of common themes are addressed, including outcome-based education, mastery learning techniques, and practitioners' need to take a test-train-test hypothesis approach to work-related issues in designing training programs. Training applications paradigms are presented throughout, and most of the nine chapters end with the sections `Terms to Know, Questions to Consider,' and `Suggested Readings.' Well researched and well written, this book should be of interest to professionals and practitioners in adult education and to advanced graduate students and higher education faculty and researchers."


"Presents an approach to workplace training that is anchored in the literature of education psychology. Discusses the benefits of incorporating cognitive science theories into the leading paradigms of instructional psychology. The authors contend that such links will allow the trainer to treat workplace education and training as research laboratories and design programs that minimize learning differences such as attention, cognitive style expectancies, and memory organization."

-Book News, Inc.

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