Once upon a time, I went to graduate school to study Instructional Systems Design. When I walked away with my coveted B.A. in ISD, I had taken several courses in design theory and adult learning. I had a good handle on the research that forms the basis of this industry. Combine that background with almost two decades of real-world experience, and I kind of feel like I’ve heard most of the theories out there.
Well, I did, that is, until I read Elaine Biech’s latest masterpiece, The Art and Science of Training. Elaine examines the different theories, philosophies, and bodies of work that contribute to the science of learning, and then ingeniously synthesizes that content with a practitioner’s artistic approach to design and facilitation.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that this book has replaced at least six others as a go-to guide for me. Elaine’s approach is intuitive and insightful. She captures the essence of what’s important and distills it for the readers in a easy-to-understand, and humorous, way. I’ve bookmarked several passages that I plan to reference this week in my active work projects.
The Art and Science of Training is truly a must-read for practitioners in the Talent Development industry. Elaine’s approach is fresh, and far-reaching. I can assure you, my copy will be dog-eared!