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Group-Building Techniques

Describe the group-building training techniques of experiential training, team training, and action learning, including the nature of the techniques and any associated advantages and disadvantages.

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Experiential training is learning by doing. It is like a hands-on training where participants are engaged in the process as they interact, experience and get a feeling of the actual situation at work. The activities facilitate the experience of real relationships and evolution of dynamics to learning. Participants learn by experience and they become physically, mentally, and emotionally involved in the process as they recognize the various ways to apply the lessons to organizational goals.

Since experiential training provides exposure to actual work situation, it involves physical involvement on the part of the participants. However, they can choose their level of physical participation. What is important is that they are able to talk and become open to others regarding their concerns and it needs trust for team members to be able to share their fears and concerns during discussion. Participants who may not be able to physically participate on an activity, they have other roles that involve critical learning or other support roles that align with tasks done at work. This type of training implies that technical skills and competencies may be necessary but not enough to gain success in the workplace. Teamwork is also very important. An inductive methodology where learners learn to move from concrete detailed experiences to generalization is applied in experiential learning.

Among the advantages of this type of learning is that learners are engaged not only mentally but also physically and emotionally. It creates an active atmosphere and greater intrinsic motivation is integrated in the activities and not just information acquisition. Activities are designed to be relevant to the workplace so that learning can be easily applied. Learners go through active group activities engaging themselves in discovering and creating the best possible solutions to problems and by doing the problem solving themselves, they enjoy retention of the lessons that have been learned.

Experiential training is best done and understood if broken down into ...

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The solution describes experiential training, team training, and action learning. References are included.