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The New Mager Six-Pack Paperback – May, 1997
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In the end, I conducted the Needs Analysis and received feedback that the questions were "sober", "on target", and not at all "canned". These books provide genuine guidelines (not draft or lite versions) on creating needs analyses, learning objectives, and measurement tools. They are fun-to-read, easy to understand, and are full of real-life examples. Each volume is $19.95, and the cost for the "6-Pack" is $95. 1. Analyzing Performance Problems, or you Really Oughta Wanna 2. Developing an Attitude Toward Learning, or SMATs `n' SMUTS 3. Preparing Instructional Objectives 4. Making Instruction Work 5. Measuring Instructional Results, or Got a Match? 6. Goal Analysis
These books teach through humor and anecdotes as well as real-life stories that can help you place the possibly daunting task of training into a task that you can complete.
If you're a manager involved in training, or if you're a professional trainer, these books are a lifesaver. Mager is a master at making what should be simple---simple! The trouble is that most people put little thought into what it is they're teaching--and even less into how to support the learning once the training event is over. Mager will disabuse you of those notions forever. His style is light, breezy, irreverent, and very engaging. You'll find lots of correct and incorrect examples, stories, quizzes to check what you've learned, challenges to your everyday thinking, etc. In short, Mager teaches what he preaches.
The other title I'd recommend if you're unsure is his book, "What Every Manager Should Know About Training." This is an absolute must for all managers--and all trainers.
I recently (November, 2010) put together a two-day instructional design course for a military contractor. The contractor is teaching 18-year-old Army privates how to operate communication gear in support of warfighting operations. They were already using some of Mager's approach, but, after dusting off Mager's methods and evaluating the contractor's training against Mager's approach, they made some changes to the "condition--action--standard" rubric that is at the center of Mager's teaching.
You'll thank yourself for investing in solid material that you'll use throughout your career. My six pack is old and worn, but I'll never get rid of it. It's too valuable (but not worth $900 as some of these sellers are charging).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The most practical, to the point collection of training and performance improvement books ever. You dpn't need anything else.Published 3 months ago by Galen B Royer
I ordered this a while back and it is a good collection of books for my reference library at home.Published 23 months ago by TEXTSBOOKSSE
Used the original approximately 35 years ago as a professional curricum development resource. Now involved in a volunteer activity and needed to refresh myself. Not disappointed.Published 23 months ago by dhag
The books are great, one of a kind, and very helpful information. I have used these books to help develop several different training programs. Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by KJ33
I am currently studying to take the exam to become a Certified Environmental and Safety Trainer. I found the Mager Six-pak to be very helpful in my studies by providing common... Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by Mike Bossert
got it on time and in good shape and wrapped well and a good price and it is all goodPublished on March 9, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Robert Mager is a must read for anyone in education and college level instruction in particular. If you develop your own curriculum or create classes yourself then Mager is your... Read morePublished on October 12, 2012 by EnthalpyGuy
I've used this series countless times to work with my team. It has helped me and them since I purchased it. It was well worth the cost and time.Published on December 7, 2011 by Virginia Burzotta