ERIC Number: ED281997
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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Methodological Innovations for Training and Development: A New and Better Way.
Niehoff, Marilee S.; Romans, M. Jay
Research indicates that conventional training activities are largely ineffective in bringing about behavior change in such dimensions as leadership, initiative, planning and organization, judgment, independence, and delegation. The Niehoff method is a training and development method that was designed to respond to the adult mode of learning. It is based on the premise that learners do better with active participation, meaningful content, constructive immediate feedback, and small group discussion. The method combines the assessment center, case study, and small group discussion modes of training. The Niehoff training program consists of five custom case studies developed from data collected before the training session and reflecting real-world situations and problems that have been encountered by the participants. Because the trainees are given an opportunity to work together and find real solutions, there is a much greater likelihood that they will transfer their training to the job. Training session participants are divided into five to seven round-table groups, each containing five individuals. Participants are given 30 minutes to prepare their presentations; cases are presented in about 15 minutes each, with 5 minutes between each presentation to allow participants to complete their feedback sheets. A concluding round robin feedback and summary takes 20-40 minutes. Pilot programs using the method have been successful. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-14, 1987).