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Approaches to Training and Development by Elwood F. Holton, Dugan Laird, Sharon Naquin

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How Do People Learn?

Learning Theories

How do people learn? Although experts can’t agree on a single learning theory, T&D designers need to know certain core theories. Since experts can’t agree, you might ask, “Why worry”? Well, T&D designers need some learning theory upon which to base the activities they specify in the learning systems they create. Professional instructors need some theoretical basis from which to operate. Consultants and administrators, who serve as change agents for the client organization, need a theory about learning if they are to produce change. After all, change begins with learning that there may be a better way.
But which learning theory should you use? Chances are you will use many theories and do what must ...

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