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Help Print This Page Overview | Adult Learning Theories | Needs Assessment | Training Design | Current Trends: Career Management | IHRM | Study Quiz Overview While there is a continuing trend to outsource training efforts, organizations still routinely conduct in-house training for employees. In-house training is likely to continue because internal efforts utilize existing staff as instructors and this reduces overall training costs. In-house training is often ineffective, however. There are several reasons for the failure of in-house training including the following: in-house training; Training does not incorporate adult learning theories; Training design did not begin with a training needs assessment; Training is not diverse in its delivery methods; All of these factors contribute to ineffective organizational training. Adult Learning Theories A sure way to demean an adult and incur their irritation is to treat him/her like a child. Unfortunately, many organizational training efforts do exactly that, that is, organizations demean employees by offering training that is more suitable to a room of children (pedagogical model) than it is to a room of working adults (andragogical model). While this is unintentional, the result is still the same: employees view many in-house training efforts as time-wasters that prevent them from completing their work. Understanding adult learning theories and designing a training program that incorporates these concepts will greatly improve the receptiveness of employees to in-house training programs. The pedagogical model of teaching is the traditional view of instruction that we are familiar with from our days in elementary and secondary school. This model makes the following assumptions of the learner: 1. The learner is highly dependent on the instructor to understand the material; 2. The learner has little experience and few resources for learning; 3. The learner is in the developmental stage (largely a function of age); 4. The learner’s orientation is subject-oriented; 5. The learner’s motivation to participate comes from external pressures; In-house training that consists solely of long lectures, extensive dissemination of paper, with a question and answer session at the end is pedagogical by design. It assumes the employees have no .. 1 of 5
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