All About Training and Development.

Training and development -- or "learning and development" as many   refer to it now -- is one of the most important aspects of our lives and our   work. (Many people view "training" as an activity that produces the   result or outcome of "learning" -- and learning is typically viewed   as new knowledge, skills and competencies or abilities.) In our culture, we   highly value learning. Yet, despite our having attended many years of schooling,   many of us have no idea how to carefully design an approach to training and   development. This topic in the Library provides an extensive range of information   about training and development, including to depict how the many aspects of   training and development relate to each other. Also, this topic explains how   training and development can be used, informally or formally, to meet the nature   and needs of the reader.


Understanding Learning and   Development

It's amazing how so many of us go through so many years of schooling, but have   such little understanding of learning and development. Before reading about   the many aspects of learning and development in this topic in the Library, including   learning and development programs and practitioners, it's best to start with   a basic understanding of what learning and development is and how to best benefit   from it. Also, it's useful to understand the common terms and the sometimes   subtle differences between them.
Basic Terms in   Training and Development (Knowledge, Skills, Training, Learning, etc.)

If you will be doing training and development with yourself (and almost every   adult will be at some time in their lives) or with others, you should know the   differences between training children and teens versus training adults. Adults   have very different nature and needs in training. Also, there are some common   beliefs about training that just aren't true. Understand those misconceptions   so you don't build your training around those illusions.
Principles   of -- and Myths About -- Adult Learning
Theories   of Learning and Development

Benefits of Learning and Development

We often think that the biggest benefit of learning is that we get a diploma   or credential. As we get wiser, we realize there are so many more benefits than   that. Knowing the benefits will help motivate you to design your own training   plans and programs, and to motivate others to participate as well. Perhaps one   of the biggest benefits is the appreciation that you can be learning all the   time, even if you are not in a formal training program.
Employment Training   and Development: Reasons and Benefits

Relationship of Learning and   Development to Performance

We tend to assume that training leads to learning, which leads to doing better   in our lives and work -- it leads to increased performance. However, you will   very likely get more out of your trainings and be more successful in promoting   trainings to others if you understand more about the relationship between training   and performance. That understanding is especially useful when designing training   to increase performance or to redesign training programs that don't seem to   be as successful as you wish.