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Training and Learning Styles—Training Basics by Susan Russell

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Background Influences

People in a training setting—trainers and learners—inevitably have differences in several areas.

Cultural Legacies/Childhood Experiences

Have you ever visited a hospital nursery? At first the newborns' behavior may have looked much alike to you. But on closer observation, you probably noticed that some infants seemed more watchful; some more startled by noise; and some, calmer or more agitated than the rest. From birth, we vary in our responses to the world's “blooming, buzzing confusion.”

As we grow up in our homes, communities, and nations, we get and react to expressed and tacit signals about how to process information. For example, when we were children, we may have had the following experiences:

  • Adults may have encouraged ...

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