Self-Directed Learning: A Practical Guide to Design, Development, and Implementation

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Provides a cost-effective and time-saving alternative to traditional instructional designs. Offers practical guidance on each step of the process, including analyzing trainees' needs and abilities, designing SDL materials, choosing the right implementation strategy, and constructing the most useful evaluation tools. Shows how to identify training needs that match organizational needs, determine the specific tasks that must be learned to meet those needs, and then develop objectives and SDL materials based on ...

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Overview

Provides a cost-effective and time-saving alternative to traditional instructional designs. Offers practical guidance on each step of the process, including analyzing trainees' needs and abilities, designing SDL materials, choosing the right implementation strategy, and constructing the most useful evaluation tools. Shows how to identify training needs that match organizational needs, determine the specific tasks that must be learned to meet those needs, and then develop objectives and SDL materials based on those tasks. Provides practical learning aids, including checklists at the And of each chapter, and includes simulations that illustrate step-by-step how theory becomes reality.

A book that shows how self-directed learning (SDL) can provide both a cost-effective and time-effective alternative to traditional instructional designs. It provides experienced practitioners with a systematic method for developing SDL packages applicable in any setting, from basic skills training to education of advanced degree candidates in traditional academic environments.

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"If you are looking for a book with useful information about self-directed learning, this is it! The author's approach to the topic is Practical with a capital 'P'." —Dr. Angus Reynolds, professor of instructional technology, New York Institute of Technology

"Expanding our capacity to develop ourselves and to learn on the job is one of the keys to meeting the challenges of today's complex economic environment. Self-Directed Learning provides human resource development professionals with a practical tool to address this issue." —Katharine C. Weldon, director of educational methods, Ernst & Young

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A cost-effective and time-saving alternative to traditional instructional designs, this guide provides both new and experienced practitioners with a systematic method for developing self-directed learning packages applicable in any situation, from basic industrial and technical skills training to the education of advanced degree candidates in traditional academic environments. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555425326
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/23/1993
  • Series: Management Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 359
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.39 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

GEORGE M. PISKURICH is a training and development specialist. His self-directed learning system won the 1992 American Society for Training and Development's award for best use of instructional technology.

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Table of Contents

1. Why Self-Directed Learning?
Part One: Developing Effective Programs
2. When to Use Self-Directed Learning (SDL)
3. Creating an SDL Package: How to Develop Trainee Objectives and Organize Your Material
4. Formatting Your Material: How to Choose the Right Medium for Your Message
5. Evaluating Trainees: How to Assess Cognitive Mastery and Performance Improvement
6. Debugging Your Package: How to Make Sure It Works Part Two: Ensuring Successful Implementation
7. Preparing Your Organization for Self-Directed Learning
8. Distributed Implementation: The Challenge of the On-the-Job Training Site
9. Managing the Distributed Implementation: How to Facilitate Delivery, Control, and Evaluation
10. Implementation Through Learning Centers: Pros and Cons of Centralized Training Facilities
11. Building a Learning Center: What to Do to Make It Work
12. The Best It Can Be: Evaluating and Improving Your Self-Directed Learning System

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