L&D Matters is written to help L&D professionals and trainers become even more effective. It discusses all things L&D related, with a particular emphasis on practical advice for those new to L&D or who wish to develop their practice further. It is written by Rachel Burnham.
Burnham of Burnham L&D Consultancy writes: I
love to read.I always have, despite
finding it very difficult as a child to get started reading. I remember sitting in my primary school class
feeling completely at sea and thinking I was never going to get the hang of
this.I was helped by my parents bribing
me with the present of a new Ladybird book, every time I completed a book.Somehow I metamorphosed into a
One of the joys of reading is sharing books with other
people – I share literary novels with my mother; histories with my husband;
mysteries & thrillers with my father and teenage books with my son (the
Percy Jackson series is a particular favourite).
Over the years I have learnt such a lot about L&D
from reading (and then trying to apply the learning).Even though I enjoy learning using social
media and lots of the new technological tools – I continue to return to books
as a preferred option.Here are a few of
my favourite books and authors that I’d like to share with you.
that Work: 101 ideas to make your training events more effective’ by T.
Bourner, V. Martin & P. Race http://phil-race.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Workshops_that_work.pdf
I came across this wonderful book, packed full of ideas
for interactive workshops, when I was very new to ‘training’ and it was hugely
influential on my whole approach to learning.It was originally published by McGraw-Hill, but has since gone out of
print.Some way along the way, I lost my
copy, so I was delighted to discover that it is now available as a free
download from Phil Race’s website.Although many years have passed since it was originally written, it
includes lots of great ideas that are well worth taking a look at.
This brings me to another great book by Phil Race
Learning Happen’ 2nd Edition P. Race (2010) Sage Publications
This is primarily written for lecturers in colleges and
university and so much is not directly relevant to L&D professionals,
except that it includes the Ripples model of how people learn and this is well
worth exploring.A free powerpoint
presentation on the Ripples model of learning and the background to it is again
available from Phil Race’s website http://phil-race.co.uk/most-popular-downloads/.
Let’s get onto some actual books:
for Trainers’ by Alison Hardingham (1998) IPD
Alison Hardingham is definitely one of my favourite
writers on L&D and I have several great books by her.This is my top choice as it introduces ideas
from the study of psychology and applies them to understanding common
challenges when designing & delivering learning activities eg building
rapport & establishing credibility.Unfortunately, this is also out of print, but copies can often be picked
A very practical book that I return to time after time
Needs Analysis and Evaluation’ 2nd Edition by Frances & Roland
Bee (2003) CIPD
My copy is now rather bashed and well thumbed.I like the way the Bees link LNA and
evaluation and one of the great features of the book are the extensive
appendices with examples of forms, tests and other practical bits & pieces.
I recently read Myles
Downey’s book ‘Effective Coaching:
Lessons from the Coach’s Coach’ (2003) Thomson Texere and wished I had read
it a lot sooner.It is both a great
introduction to coaching and also a very thought-provoking read if you are
already involved in coaching.It really
made me think again about how I listen.
My final pick for today is:
Your Head’ by Tony Buzan (2006) BBC
I have gone for this because it introduces the idea of
Mind Maps, which I find one of the most useful tools in helping people to
learn.This book looks at a whole range
of techniques to aid learning in addition to the guidance of mind mapping.I love the pictures of mind maps included,
but confess that none of my mind maps have ever looked as beautiful as these!
There are many other books that I’d like to share with
you, so I promise to return to the topic in a future blog at some stage.This has been a classic collection, so next
time, I will turn my attention to some more current topics.
Burnham L & D
Consultancy specialises in the development of L&D professionals, blended
learning and evaluation