I'm wrapping up with my third and final post on suggested readings.  In this last post, I'm focusing on more traditional stand-and-delivery training.  My personal library is a little weak in this area, and all over the place.  My eLearning post also has a number of books appropriate for this area as well as HPI.  But below are some books that I have found helpful.

Training Reading List:

  • Biech, E., & American Society for Training and Development. (2008). ASTD handbook for workplace learning professionals. Alexandria, Va: ASTD Press.
  • Bens, I. (2005). Advanced facilitation strategies: Tools & techniques to master difficult situations. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Bens, I. (2005). Facilitating with ease!: Core skills for facilitators, team leaders, and members, managers, consultants, and trainers. San Francisco, Calif: Jossey Bass.
  • Brown, J., & Isaacs, D. (2005). The World Café: Shaping our futures through conversations that matter. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
  • Knowles, M. S., Holton, E. F., & Swanson, R. A. (2005).The adult learner: The definitive classic in adult education and human resource development. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • Stolovitch, H. D., Keeps, E. J., American Society for Training and Development., & International Society for Performance Improvement. (2002). Telling ain't training. Alexandria, VA: ASTD.

Bens has the best resources I have ever read for training facilitators, I've pulled out these books a lot.  Brown presents the World Cafe model which I've used more for planning and conferences, but the strategy if well developed can be used for learning.  Asking someone who the best adult learning theory comes from – is the Mac vs. PC debate.  I can relate to Knowles and his ideas, so I read and reread him along with other theories.  Stolovitch has been working the Telling Ain't Training meme pretty hard via ASTD workshops and books… there is a reason why.  Finally, the ASTD handbook, like the ISPI handbook is enormous and not a cover-to-cover read, but it is a fantastic reference.