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conference method

J. Kevin Ford and Deidre Wasson


The conference method is a carefully planned meeting with specific goals and purposes and is primarily used for the learning of conceptual information (e.g., new policies or procedures), and for attitudinal change and development ( Wexley and Latham, 1991 ). The trainer plays an integral role in the development and execution of the conference by stressing two‐way communication between trainee and trainer. Conferences are especially effective when the ratio of trainees to trainer is relatively small and the material to be taught requires elaboration or clarification ( Muchinsky, 1990 ). More importantly, the trainer needs to maintain an interesting discussion that actively involves all trainees to facilitate learning. See also training ( 1990 ). Psychology Applied to Work: An Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology , 3rd edn. Pacific Grove, CA : Brooks/Cole . ( 1991 ). Developing and Training Human Resources in Organizations , 2nd edn. New York : HarperCollins . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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