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Top 10 Books on Training


I recently came across a website on which the author had listed the top 40 books that one could read to get the equivalent knowledge to an MBA.

Anyone interested in contributing to a list of the Top 10 or 20 books on training that we could all read in order to really know what we;re talking about when it comes to training.

Categories could be:

Learning Theory
Instructional Design
Running a course
Managing training
Competency assessment

Stephen Roberts

6 Responses

  1. Recommended books
    What agony! How do you choose?
    I am sure I have left out several great books of delivery, classics on evaluation and anything on e-learning, but, for what it is worth, here are a few suggestions:
    MAYO, A. (2004) Creating a Learning and Development Strategy (CIPD)
    BUCKLEY, R. & CAPLE, J, (2004) The theory and practice of training (Kogan Page)
    MARSHALL, K. (1999) Beyond traditional training: develop your skills to maximise training impact (Kogan Page)
    KEARNS, P. (2005) Evaluating the ROI from Learning (CIPD)
    PHILLIPS, K. & SHAW, P. (1998) A consultancy approach for trainers (Gower)
    KNOWLES, M. S. (1998) The adult learner : a neglected species (5th ed, Gulf)
    MEIER, D. (2000) The accelerated learning handbook (McGraw Hill)
    RAE, L (1999) Using Activities in Training and Development (Kogan Page)
    TRUELOVE, S. (2003) Influential Thinkers on Training – an introduction for the intelligent practitioner (ITOL)
    SIMMONDS, D. (2003) Designing and Delivering Training (CIPD)
    HARRISON, R. (2005) Learning and Development (CIPD)
    HARDINGHAM, A. (1998) Psychology for Trainers (CIPD)

    Maybe we need a top 100!

  2. tongue in cheek but thought provoking!
    “Dogbert’s Secret Management Handbook” by Scott Adams.

  3. Training Practice
    As an aside, there is a new book out in June 2006 by Steve Truelove called Training in Practice which looks like it will be very useful for those new to training.

  4. New book reviews page for TrainingZONE
    I am the new journalist on TrainingZONE and am pleased to announce our new, revamped reviews page.

    Members of the TrainingZONE community have reviewed the latest books and software on training issues, and you can view them here:

    If you’d like to become a reviewer or submit an item to the panel, you can email me at Sarah Fletcher

    We’ll also be looking at the top ten list and commissioning some reviews on them in due course.

    Keep reading the reviews page, as more new items are coming soon!

    Sarah Fletcher

  5. Training books
    One book I have found invaluable is Alison Hardingham’s Psychology for Trainers. ISBN 0-85292-681-2. A constant reference guide


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