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Building Expertise: Cognitive Methods for Training and Performance Improvement by Ruth Colvin Clark

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Introduction to the Third Edition: GETTING THE MOST FROM THIS RESOURCE

Purpose

Building expertise is the central challenge of all instructional practitioners. Yet few know the psychology or the evidence underlying training methods that lead to expertise. The training field is evolving from a craft based primarily on fads and folk wisdom to a profession that integrates evidence into the design and development of its products. A professional knows not only what to do but why she is doing it and how she might adjust techniques to accommodate different learners or diverse learning outcomes. Professionals can summarize the research behind their recommendations to their stakeholders. Because everyone who has gone to school considers him- or herself a ...

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