ERIC Number: ED365856
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Self-Directed Learning: A Practical Guide to Design, Development, and Implementation. First Edition.
Piskurich, George M.
Written mainly for the training practitioner who has some experience in the field, this book provides a practical approach for constructing good self-directed learning (SDL) programs. Chapter 1 considers SDL from the academic and business points of view, develops a working definition, and examines SDL's strengths and weaknesses. Part 1 covers development of SDL materials. Chapters 2-6 discuss the following topics: the process of training needs analysis and other planning decisions; how the tasks isolated by the job analysis are turned into objectives and then refined into content for the SDL package; the addition of media into the SDL package; two main components of trainee evaluation--cognitive and performance; and the process of reviewing and piloting the SDL package. Part 2 details SDL implementation. Chapters 7-12 consider the following: preparing the company for SDL, process implementation, the justification for using SDL, the special costs and design problems that are part of SDL's makeup, the actual implementation of a distributed SDL process and the implementation, variables the basics of the learning center implementation, how to create a learning center, and a methodology for evaluating any SDL system. Appendixes and a methodology for evaluating any SDL system. Appendixes include a glossary, 21 references, 238 suggested readings, and an index. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Facilities, Educational Needs, Evaluation Methods, Job Analysis, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Learning Centers (Classroom), Learning Modules, Material Development, Needs Assessment, Program Design, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Staff Development, Task Analysis
Jossey-Bass Inc., 350 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA 94104-1310 ($34.95).
Publication Type: Books
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Note: Jossey-Bass Management Series.