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Making Instruction Work: Or Skillbloomers: A Step-By-Step Guide to Designing and Developing Instruction That Works Paperback – May, 1997

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Designed to help you create and implement courses that will achieve your teaching objectives, Making Instruction Work is a must for anyone in the business of teaching others. This practical book outlines numerous techniques and procedures you can apply immediately to make your instruction more lean, on target, motivating, and effective.

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The purpose of this book is to describe and illustrate the key components of the instructional craft. But just as there are far more words in the English language than you will ever need or use, there is far more to know about the craft of instruction that you can, or need to, put to practical use. Therefore, this book focuses only on those practical pieces -- the pieces that, when applied, will maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of your instructional efforts.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Center for Effective Performance; 2 edition (May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879618028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879618022
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ken Myers on June 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
Dr. Robert F. Mager may be the master of understatement. When you read his precise recipe for creating successful instruction, you are left with the realization that your life could have been much simpler had you encountered this wisdom earlier in your existence. Dr. Mager is not recounting some brand new theory or blinding discovery. He is communicating a logical and systematic process for defining what instruction can do. In the process, he helps you determine if instruction is the solution for your performance problem. He shows you how to set goals, identify task objectives and task sequences, identify the skills and characteristics of the persons you are teaching, and develop and refine your instruction into an effective change agent.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
An easy reading reference for training professionals. It breaks down into simple terms, the complex process of developing training.
The 1988 edition of this book was the course reference text in my college classes on "training development, implementation, and evaluation ". I am still working in the training industry, and refer the the book frequently.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 2000
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Mager has written an outstanding book for the beginner to intermediate trainer/curriculum developer. He addresses the skills and procedures necessary for designing instruction. The book is an enjoyable read, which guides you through each step of design, development, implementation and evaluation!
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As a long time trainer I always look for ways to be more effective. I was introduced to this book and the others in the Mager Six Pack some years ago and have found it most helpful in making my instruction more effective even when conducting training that typically has no exercises or practical task to perform. I simply apply the techniques as close as possible to the type of training I'm doing. Every trainer should have this book in their resource library.
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By Corey L. Daniels on March 15, 2015
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Great Book! I like this book because it provides an easy to understand approach to instructional design. The book provides clear examples of how to do ID. This is a book for every instructional designer's library, especially those starting out.
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