Adapting training to meet the preferred learning styles of different generations

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Author: Urick, Michael


This article considers how training professionals can respond to differences in training preferences between generational groups. It adopts two methods. First, it surveys the existing research and finds generally that preferences for training approaches can differ between groups and specifically that younger employees are perceived to leverage technology more at work. Second, it uses a qualitative grounded theory approach to examine the perspectives of a sample of older and a sample of younger workers in the United States. It finds that both samples perceive a greater comfort level of...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Demographics; Workforce development; Teaching and learning; Technology; Research

Keywords: Age; Older worker; Young worker; Training; Comparative analysis

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: Oxford, England: John Wiley and Sons, 2017

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Journal volume: 21

Journal number: 1

Journal date: March 2017

Pages: pp. 53-59

ISSN: 1360-3736, 1468-2419 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 127.97

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