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correspondence method

J. Kevin Ford and Deidre Wasson


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A training technique that occurs primarily through the mail, correspondence is the exchange of learning materials and tests between a student and an instructor with little verbal communication ( Salinger, 1973 ). Progress is monitored through assignments and exams returned to the instructor at the student's pace as course completion is dependent on the learner's speed in mastering the assigned material ( Robinson, 1981 ). Several advantages are flexibility in time and location, reduced instructor and facility costs, and time and resource efficiency. However, long feedback lag times, low learning motivation, little or no interaction, limited subject matter, and high rates of incompleteness can occur. See also training ; training evaluation ( 1981 ). Handbook of Training Management . London : Kogan Page . ( 1973 ). Disincentive to Effective Employee Training and Development . Washington, DC : US Civil Service Commission, Bureau of Training . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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