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Training Older Workers and Learners: Maximizing the Workplace Performance of an Aging Workforce

ISBN: 978-0-7879-8117-4
424 pages
December 2006, Pfeiffer
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Training Older Workers and Learners is a groundbreaking resource that focuses exclusively on age 40-plus workers. This much-needed resource offers trainers expert guidance and practical tools designed to deliver effective training and re-training to older worker-learners (OWLS). Based on sound theory and best practices, the book shows how to maximize the workplace learning and performance potential of late-life learners.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, and Performance Support Tools xiii

Benefits Statement xvii

Preface xix

Acknowledgments xxvi

Part 1 Make Way for the OWLS

Chapter 1: The OWLS Are Here 3

Chapter 2: OWLS as Workers 25

Chapter 3: OWLS as Retirees—Or Not 49

Chapter 4: OWLS as Learners 73

Appendix 4.1: Competencies for Older Workplace Learners 91
William J. Rothwell

Part 2 OWLS in Transition

Chapter 5: OWLS in Search of Wisdom: Cognitive Development 99

Chapter 6: OWLS in Search of Knowledge: Learning Styles and Challenges 125

Chapter 7: OWLS in Search of Self: Psychosocial Transitions 149

Chapter 8: OWLS in Search of Function: Physiological Development 167

Chapter 9: OWLS in Search of Well-Being: Health, Wellness, and Leisure 187

Part 3 Transforming OWLS

Chapter 10: OWLS in Action: Sharing Experience and Motivation 209

Chapter 11: OWLS on Teams: Collaborating to Learn 227

Chapter 12: OWLS on the Job: Learning with the Workflow 247

Chapter 13: Live OWLS: Learning in the Classroom 269

Chapter 14: Virtual OWLS: Computerized, On the Web, At a Distance, Digitized 287

Chapter 15: Collaborating with OWLS 307

Glossary 331

References 343

About the Authors 369

Index 373

About the Series Editors 385

About the Advisory Board Members 389

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Author Information

James L. Moseley is associate professor of instructional technology at Wayne State University College of Education. He teaches program evaluation and human performance technology courses and advises graduate students at the doctoral level.

Joan Conway Dessinger is a senior consultant and founder of The Lake Group, a consulting firm that specializes in analyzing, designing, developing, and evaluating workplace learning and performance interventions.

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"This is an essential book for our times. . . . almost every organizational leader should be striving to better understand, develop, and retain older, mature workers."
—G. Joseph Vrazo, strategic human resource manager, Delphi Corporation

"An informative and practical overview of effectively utilizing human capital across the generations."
—Scott Pitts, director of grant support services, Chippewa Valley Schools, Clinton Township, Michigan

"Moseley and Dessinger offer insights in this text that will equip IT, HPT, and management professionals to utilize older-learner-friendly training interventions and performance support tools."
—David W. Shall, marketing and sales vice president, Choctaw-Kaul Distribution Company

"The authors describe how best to maximize the abilities of older workers and how to best change our view of work and retirement."
—Peter A. Lichtenberg, director and professor of psychology, psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences and physical medicine and rehabilitation, The Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University

"This book will be an asset to anyone interested in identifying strategies and tactics necessary for maximizing their human resources."
—Jeffrey G. Trzeciak, university librarian, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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