ERIC Number: ED374254
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Diagnostic Techniques for Training and Development.
Murk, Peter J.
Adult educators undertaking training assignments with businesses or industrial firms should use the following methods to conduct a complete needs assessment to determine the scope, depth, length, and cost of training required: general questionnaires/surveys; interviews with several prospective trainees and their administrative supervisors; assessment of records and documents; review of the company's training history; and review of the organizational climate, culture, and levels of support. The diagnostic techniques used during the needs assessment should be comprehensive enough to determine the following: who needs training (intended participants' age, maturity, and educational and experience levels and the organization's philosophies, policies, and practices); why training is needed (mandatory versus voluntary training, participant and company/management expectations, and barriers to training); how and where the training will be conducted (on-site versus off-site training, room arrangements, and special audiovisual equipment needed); what is to be taught and what training strategies and methods will be used (pacing, classroom techniques, adult education skills required of the trainer, and instructional and evaluation techniques); and how much the training will cost (including the costs of instruction, material, travel/housing, certification, and celebration). (Contains 37 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Dallas, TX, November 1993).