Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Adult Learning Basics (ASTD Training Basics Series) By William J. Rothwell

Adult Learning Basics (ASTD Training Basics Series)

Adult Learning Basics (ASTD Training Basics Series)
By William J. Rothwell

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With a globally-aging workforce, organizations are reexamining adult learning theory and how it is applied to employee development. Adult Learning Basics addresses individual learning competencies, organizational learning climate, and technology-related issues as they affect the adult learning process.

Author, William J. Rothwell, a renowned learning expert, simplifies the complicated and often academic subject of adult learning. He defines the seven kinds of adult intelligence and provides the necessary background for successfully addressing the different learning styles for maximum benefit.

Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #58488 in Books
  • Published on: 2008-12-10
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .40" h x 7.50" w x 9.20" l, .65 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 167 pages
Editorial Reviews

Bill Rothwell has given us a rare gift--a book that is solid in its theory and practical in its implementation. From the importance of adult learning in today's workplace to the predictions of adult learning in the future, this is a practical guide that you will refer to again and again. Use this resource to expand your thinking and to discover unique and new approaches to solve familiar learning challenges. --Elaine Biech

This book is just what we need--a succinct summary of all that is important to know about adult learning. A must for all trainers and community college educators! --Patrick E. Gerity, Ph.D., Vice President Continuing Education, Westmoreland Community College

There is nothing simple about presenting 60 years of learning theory in under 200 pages. Rothwell has brilliantly provided new practitioners in the field a concise and complete synopsis of learning theory and practice. If only this book had existed when I entered the profession, my early years in workplace learning would have been so much more productive. --Ethan Sanders, Fellow, ICF International

About the Author
William J. Rothwell is the president of Rothwell & Associates, a full-service consulting company focused on all services related to talent management. He is also a professor of Workforce Education and Development at Pennsylvania State University and the author of 62 books. He currently resides in State College, PA.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
5Just the Facts!
By K. DeVitto
ASTD really does publish some great books. IF you facilitate learning for adults this is a great start in understanding how and why adults learn. This is a must in any Trainers library.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
3Not exactly what I was looking for
By Fun Cooking
I guess overall my thought about this book is that it wasn't exactly what I was looking for. Maybe this is because adult learning is such a big topic and the author took it in a direction that wasn't where I was most interested to go.

Chapter 2 was probably my favorite chapter of this book. I think Rothwell did a good job in that chapter going through the different adult learning theories. But a lot of the rest of the book seemed more tangential to adult learning theory--I guess that's why it's called "Adult Learning Basics," but I still think adult learning theories are one of the most important adult learning basics and could have used more face time. It may be that the other topics are topics Rothwell knows about, but I bought the book to learn more about adult learning theories, so I wasn't as interested in that part.

Also, I was a little disappointed with the references. I felt like Rothwell referenced his own work more than I expected. There were also more references to Wikipedia than I anticipated. Not that there's anything wrong with Wikipedia. It's just that I expect more scholarly references in this type of book.

Anyway, there was some good information and some author's opinion in this book, but it did include a good summary of the most well-known adult learning theories.

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5Great for the Basics
By Deb
My department wanted all of to get learn more about Adult Learning. This book was a quick read and gave actionable advice.

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