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The Trainer's Handbook by Karen Lawson

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Chapter 7Selecting, Designing, and Developing Active-Training Methods

The Case for Active Training

Based on what we know about adult learning, learning styles, and the characteristics of today's learner (as presented in Chapters 2 through 4), active training is the most effective means of delivering training. Research shows that people understand concepts better and retain information longer when they are actively involved in the learning process.

The late active-training expert Mel Silberman, author of several books on active-training techniques, defines active training as the process of getting the participants to do the work. To illustrate the active-training philosophy and its powerful impact, Silberman developed the “Active Training Credo” based on an old Chinese proverb (Silberman, 2006).

The Active Training Credo

What I hear, I forget.

What I hear and see, I remember a little.

What I hear, see, and ask questions about or discuss with someone else, I begin to understand.

What I hear, see, discuss, and do, allows me to acquire knowledge and skill.

What I teach to another, I master.

This chapter deals with developing and selecting specific activities and materials. The chapter provides an in-depth look at the methods ...

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