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The New Mager Six-Pack Paperback – May, 1997

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Dr. Robert F. Mager is the most widely read, influential writer in training and education today. Over three million copies of Dr. Mager's eight books on issues of human performance have been sold worldwide, and the procedures described in his books are the basis for many of the courses in instructional design taught in American colleges and universities today. He has won numerous awards for the quality of his work, including first round inductee into Training Magazine's Hall of Fame; Distinguished Contribution to the Field of Human Resource Development, awarded by the American Society for Training and Development; and Distinguished Professional Achievement, awarded by the International Society for Performance Improvement. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1159 pages
  • Publisher: Center for Effective Performance; 3 edition (May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 187961815X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879618152
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,013,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Imagine a "6-pack" sitting on my desk untouched for almost three years! No, not beer, these are six Learning & Development books written by the L&D guru, Robert Mager. I had a formal Needs Analysis to conduct and needed a quick refresher (a shot of help). And not the swill that many training books provide that leave you parched, thirsting for more. I tapped into the 6-pack and cracked open the first book "Analyzing Performance Problems, or you Really Oughta Wanna" and began to drink in the information. I need models to follow and Mager provides actual flow charts with appropriate questions to ask. These helped guide me in formulating a Needs Analysis. (Truth be told, they worked pretty well with this metaphor too!)
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
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If your mission is instruction, your companion should be the Mager Six Pack. Mager's approach to instruction is concise, practical, example-oriented, practice-centered, and mastery-certified. If you care about the learner and you care about effective training, this set of books will help you dispell the myths, end the wasted time, identify the problems, and find the solutions. No fancy words, no difficult concepts, no hidden agendas, and no advanced degrees are required. Just pay close attention to the common sense approaches Dr. Mager offers, and you will be a better instructional designer and your students will be more successful learners. Especially useful are the three core books on Analyzing Performance Problems, Preparing Instructional Objectives, and Measuring Instructional Results. These should be on every instructional designer's shelf.
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This set of books by Mager is well put together. These books offer a common sense approach to training and development. Included are how to design a program, realistic objectives, implimenting the program and then tracking the benefits of the training program. These books do not offer super-fancy techniques of teaching, what they do offer you are a set of basic approaches that will work in many different situations.

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.
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If you are involved with training, course development, or performance improvement then this set is a MUST for you. Each book "reads" with the greatest of ease. The concepts and techniques are so simple, yet so POWERFUL! This set is truly an excellent investment for your personal development and growth. Buy it today. Trust me!
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This series is such a great resource going into the field of instructional design and technology. Mager writes in a super simple and fun style that keeps you interested from chapter to chapter. I recommend this to anyone and the price is great!
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First off: The individual titles are still available, most of them new and in paperback. The versions in the six pack are all paperback anyway. Shame on these resellers for price gouging--$500-$900 for the set? Used? Come on!

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).
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