Fundamentals of Human Performance and Training

Edited by:
Victor X. Wang, Florida Atlantic University
Kathleen P. King, University of Central Florida

A volume in the series: Adult Education Special Topics: Theory, Research and Practice in LifeLong Learning. Editor(s): Kathleen P. King, University of Central Florida.

Published 2008

Fundamentals of Human Performance and Training was developed to help researchers and practitioners select measures to be used in the evaluation of human performance and helps them seek better, more efficient and effective ways to close performance gaps in this global economy. The book is bursting with innovative ideas that will help readers create powerful solutions in their organization, their country, their region and their continent.

Fundamentals of Human Performance and Training should be of value to anyone interested in matching the right solutions to the right problems, addressing causes by providing a range of solutions to improve human performance in any organizations in the global economy. The volume provides foundational chapters for the field and human performance to guide development or improvement of HR management strategies, training and management, which will prove to be dynamic, efficient, responsive to changes encompassing organizations, and grounded in vision and excellence.

Critical issues facing organizations today include how to build intellectual capital, establish and maintain a high-performance workplace, enhance profitability, and encourage productivity. These needs require practitioners to go beyond a competency-based approach to training. From the theory of andragogy to the practical examples and recommendations provided by our highly respected authors, human capital developers and managers will be equipped with knowledge and skills to identify, solve and anticipate human performance problems in their respective organizations. Non-managers will also benefit from the book through identifying and solving day to day human performance problems because these problems are applicable to their work. Finally, for researchers, administrators and students who are looking forward to improving their research skills, our authors provide exemplary scholarly work in terms of how to conduct meaningful research in the area of human performance and training. Also, such a volume rich in identifying and seizing human performance improvement opportunities will help prepare our students to enter and excel in the real world of work.

Preface, Victor C. X. Wang. Introduction, Kathleen P. King. Human Performance Theory and Practice: A Review of Its ontributions and Limitations, Laura L. Bierema. The Learning Process and Human Performance, Kit Kacirek. Using Principles of Adult Learning to Improve Human Performance, Steven W. Schmidt, Vivian W. Mott, and Jeannine Lanoux. Problem Solving, Collaboration, and Team Players: Essential 21st Century Perspectives and Skills for Effective Workplace Performance, Kathleen P. King and Sharon R. Sanquist. Diversity, Culture, and Human Performance in Work Organizations, Mary V. Alfred. Informal Learning and Performance, Mary Ziegler and Ron Mottern. Training and Development in Our Ever-Present Globalization Context: A Theoryto-Practice Perspective, Toby Marshall Egan. A Chinese Work Ethic in a Global Community, Victor C. X. Wang. About the Editors. About the Contributors.