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Cognitive/Behavioral Theories-Transfer of Training

Please help withthe following questions with much detail and examples as possible. Thank you.

1. Regarding Cognitive and Behavioral Theories in Learning, which of do you feel is the most applicable in the training environment? Create an opinion response explaining your answer as well as the rationale for your choice.

2. The motivation to learn has a powerful effect on the success of a training event. Select two of the following environmental factors and describe each of them:

- Peer Support
- Supervisor Support
- Climate for Transfer (organizational climate)
- Group Dynamic

In addition to describing these factors, provide an example of how each of these factors may have influenced your own motivation to learn.

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1. The behavioral theory contents that trainees learn according to rewards and punishments only. As such, a training program would have to focus upon detailing to those in attendance the positive outcomes of compliance versus the negative consequences of non compliance.

Contrastingly, the cognitive theory is based upon the premise that trainees are well developed adults (mentally) and are fully capable of taking training material and turning into useful ideas applicable to their own situations. The material is presented, and people figure out how to get to an end result and to apply it to their individual work or circumstances.

Depending upon the given situation, I would say that either method could be the correct choice. For example, in a plant with high turnover where widgets are stamped out continuously, the behavioral method could be a better choice. However, for most circumstances, I would choose the cognitive approach.

Because the cognitive approach is more involved and in depth, the trainee is likely, in most situations, to walk away with a more intimate knowledge of the material. Likewise, the trainee is liable to make connections mentally between what was ...

Solution Summary

The solution compares cognitive and behavioral theories of learning and describes two elements of transfer of training.