Gestures, Andragogy, 25 Tools, Transfer of Training, Performance, & Why

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With a wave of the hand - Scientific American

Many scientists now think that gestures can help the person making them -- that moving your hands can help you think. Researchers have become increasingly interested in the connection between the body and thought -- in the ways that our physical body shapes abstract mental processes. Gesture is at the center of this discussion. Now the debate is moving into learning, with new research on how students learn to solve math problems in the classroom.
Students who also gestured attempted to make sense of both the speech and gesture in a way that brought the two meanings together. This process, they suggest, could crystallize the new concept of "grouping" in the student's mind.

Andragogy Revisited: Theory for the 21st Century? - Robert Bacal in The Happy Curmudgeon

Malcolm Knowles' theory of andragogy is almost certainly the best known concept in adult education, and it often appears to gain uncritical acceptance based on name recognition rather than careful consideration of its propositions. Since Knowles introduced his theory in the mid-1960s, many concerns have been raised about how the claims of andragogy are grounded. Like any theoretical perspective, andragogy reflects both the context of its conception and the convictions of its creator.

25 Tools : A Toolbox for Learning Professionals - Jane Hart in Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies

The 2009 Toolbox contains 25 categories of learning tool. Within each tool category are the names of the most popular tools from the emerging 2009 Top Tools for Learning, as selected by learning professionals worldwide. The majority of tools in the Toolbox are FREE tools, although a number of commercial tools are included. Some of the tools are desktop tools; others are online services.

The Strange Case of the Transfer of Training Estimate - Robert Fitzpatrick in The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist

Why do posts and articles, such as "When the Game's Up", which would otherwise be great posts, keep basing their message on a retorical question? -- "I...would estimate that only 10% of content which is presented in the classroom is reflected in behavioral change on the job."?

Completing the Zen in Performance Management - Don Clark

A lot of people associate performance management with the annual performance review. While it can and often does include performance reviews, it goes far beyond it in that it looks at performance improvement as a daily activity, rather than just a yearly event.

Real Leaders Ask - Harvard Business

Questions packing this kind of punch are usually open-ended - they're not looking for a specific answer. Often beginning with "Why," "How," or "What do you think about...," they are questions that set the stage for subordinates to discover their own solutions, increasing their competence, their confidence, and their ownership of results.

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