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ERIC Number: ED205814
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Training Real World Trainers from the Ivory Tower.
Wallington, Clint
While most training and development/institutional development professionals are familiar with either the world of formal higher education or the world of training in the business/industrial sector, few training and development practitioners are familiar with both. It is necessary to coordinate the efforts between these two spheres in order to develop the curriculum needed to produce professional trainers and human resource development (HRD) specialists. To determine where joint efforts between these two worlds will be beneficial, one must first explore the similarities and differences between higher education and training and development as they exist in the following areas: regulation of the education/training process, training/education goals, method of delivering training (credit versus skills), perceptions of the learner's role, and learner motivations in different settings. Educators entering the trainer's world must work for credibility in that world by adopting the mindset of the local training community. They must strive for a balance between theoretical and practical experiences in designing course-work and projects. Most important to establishing a program to train HRD practitioners is a willingness to accept trainers as professional educators working in a different setting with different constraints and resources. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Invitational Conference on Academic Practitioners in Training and Development/Human Resource Development (2nd, Williamsburg, VA, February 15-18, 1981).