Training is the systematic process by which employees learn the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) necessary to do their jobs. All forms of training use one or more methods or processes by which these KSAs are conveyed to employees. In other words, training is effective when trainees learn. Training methods are the techniques used to facilitate learning.

It is challenging to provide a rational taxonomy of training methods, because these may be either broad approaches (e.g., classroom training) or specific activities (e.g., providing opportunities for practice). Training methods can refer to the source of control in the training delivery (e.g., other-directed, self-directed, or technology-directed instruction) or to the medium of training delivery (e.g., face-to-face vs. technology-assisted instruction). This entry begins with a list of characteristics that ...

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