Handbook of Training and Development for the Public Sector: A Comprehensive Resource / Edition 1

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The training and retraining of America's workforce, both public and private, has become an important national concern. The president, governors, city and county managers, and directors of state and federal agencies are taking a direct interest in training and development as never before. Many are advocating that training and education become national obsessions in order for the United States to maintain its world status and standard of living. Montgomery Van Wart, N. Joseph Cayer, and Steve Cook have written the definitive handbook for both new and veteran public managers and trainers involved with training and development. Packed with real-world examples drawn from all levels of government, the Handbook of Training and Development for the Public Sector provides an up-to-date manual for both new and experienced trainers and program designers - and furnishes public sector managers with a comprehensive survey of training methods and instructional technology. This practical HRD guide is filled with numerous tips on designing, conducting, and evaluating programs. In addition, the book includes more than eighty figures, tables, and exhibits, along with an annotated suggested reading list.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555425302
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Series: Public Administration Ser.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 7.31 (w) x 10.27 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

The Authors
1 Human Resource Development in the Public Sector: expanding in Scope and Significance 3
2 The Varieties of Training and Development 18
3 Organizational Systems for Human Resource Development in Government Agencies 40
4 Analyzing Training Needs: Individual, Group, and Strategic Approaches 69
5 Gaining Organizational Support for Training and Development Programs 96
6 Designing Training and Development Programs: Key Factors 106
7 Developing Effective Curricula and Lesson Plans 121
8 How Adults Learn: Practical Lessons from Research and Theory 135
9 Lecture and Discussion Methods 161
10 Printed Materials and Practice and Feedback Techniques 182
11 Behavior-Shaping and Technology-Based Methods 206
12 Conducting Training Programs: Practical Strategies and Tips 235
13 Evaluating Training Programs 249
14 Major Trends in Public Sector Training 277
Resource A: The Role of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration in Midcareer and Executive Education: Excerpt from a NASPAA Report 291
Resource B: Fifteen Categories of Training Identified by Training 299
Resource C: Important Competencies of Executives, Managers, and Supervisors as Identified by the Office of Personnel Management 301
Resource D: Overview of the Federal Executive Institute Program: Leadership for a Democratic Society 306
References 311
Suggested Readings 319
Index 325
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