Improving Professional Learning
Twelve Strategies to Enhance Performance

Foreword by Ronald M. Cervero
Paper: 978 1 62036 364 5 / $27.50
 
Published: November 2015  

Cloth: 978 1 62036 363 8 / $95.00
 
Published: November 2015  

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Published: October 2015  

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Published: October 2015  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
112 pp., 6" x 9"
Given the tremendous importance of keeping up with the explosion of knowledge in professional fields—from medicine and health to teaching in schools and colleges – getting the most out of every learning opportunity is vital to the growth and vitality of our society, as well as to the development of professional practitioners themselves.

In this concise, practical guide to improving professional learning and performance, Alan Knox brings decades of experience and study to bear on 12 key tasks for the leader of professional learning activities. Illustrated with examples from a wide variety of learning settings across the helping professions (e.g., health care, teaching, social work), the chapters will provide essential guidance to instructors and facilitators seeking to improve learning activities and thereby enhance professional performance. The combination of evidence-based concepts and practical examples is designed to enable readers to improve the learning activities they lead, and thereby enhance the performance of learners in their ongoing professional practice.

Table of Contents:
Foreword
Preface
Introduction: Improving Professional Learning and Performance

Part One: Aligning Participant and Program Goals
1) Establishing Shared Purposes
2) Selecting Able Leaders

Part Two: Responding to Participant Experiences, Proficiencies, Aspirations, and Influences
3) Being Responsive to Participants’ Experiences and Expectations
4) Specifying Current Participant Proficiencies
5) Developing Shared Expectations
6) Addressing Gaps Between Current and Desired Proficiencies
7) Analyzing Situational Influences on Performance

Part Three: Enhancing Desired Performance of Diverse Participants
8) Enhancing the Learning Transaction
9) Using Active Methods With Participants
10) Sequencing Activities for Progress

Part Four: Evaluating Session Plans, Improvements, Results, Resources, and Influences
11) Providing Evaluation Feedback to Stakeholders
12) Recognizing Contextual Influences

Part Five: Conclusion
13) Conclusion: Making the 12 Tasks Work for You

Bibliographic Essay

References

Index


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“Ensuring effectiveness of professional development is essential for organizations to keep pace with continuing pervasive and rapid change. Improving Professional Learning is an immediately useful resource to meet this need, providing specific strategies for effective learning sessions, examples that show how others have implemented those strategies, and reflective guidelines to ensure appropriate implementation within individual contexts. These practical tasks are grounded in concepts developed from over 60 years of research on helping adults learn in a variety of professions, enabling leaders of professional learning to have confidence in the learning activities they offer. A must-read for leaders of professional learning everywhere!”
- Jean E. Fleming, EdD, RN, President , American Association for Adult and Continuing Education
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"Dr. Alan Knox has provided leadership for this important area of scholarship and practice for decades, and brings all of his insights, experience, and research to help educational leaders improve professional learning. The 12 strategies that form the heart of the book are essential elements for anyone providing professional learning, from starting where the learner is, through the focus on active learning, and ending with providing feedback to learners and other stakeholders. Without a doubt, this book is a major contribution to support improved practice of professional learning and continuing professional education.”
- Ronald M. Cervero
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