Learning and development

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Pedersen, Cec and Smith, Andrew. 2011. "Learning and development." Kramar, Robin, Bartram, Timothy and De Cieri, Helen (ed.) Human resource management: strategy, people, performance, 4th ed.. Sydney, Australia. McGraw-Hill Australia. pp. 382-427
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Learning and development

Book Chapter CategoryTextbook (chapter)
Book TitleHuman resource management: strategy, people, performance, 4th ed.
AuthorsPedersen, Cec (Author) and Smith, Andrew (Author)
EditorsKramar, Robin, Bartram, Timothy and De Cieri, Helen
Page Range382-427
Number of Pages46
Year2011
PublisherMcGraw-Hill Australia
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
ISBN9780070287112
Abstract

The term 'learning and development' has emerged in Australia to describe the activities associated with the development of people in organisations. It is very closely related to training, HRD and to VET but has its own emphasis. In essence, learning and development borrows something from all three of the other fields and ultimately is tied to individual performance as part of overall organisational performance and outcomes.

Training has a rather narrow connotation. It is focused on the development of the skills of the workforce and, although it may be job oriented, training is related primarily to meeting the skills needs of the organisation.

Human Resource Development (HRD), especially in the sense developed by the ASTD (American Society for Training and Development) in the USA, is a far broader concept embracing all aspects of development that may happen in the organisation – individual, career and organisational. It forms a major part of the entire human resource management systems of organisations and frequently is considered from a dichotomous perspective, that is, about learning and performance. Simmonds & Pedersen (2006) have put forward a more contemporary definition of HRD:

HRD is a combination of structured and unstructured learning and performance-based activities which develop individual and organisational competency, capability and capacity to cope with and successfully manage change.

KeywordsHRD; human resource development; training; vocational education and training; learning and development
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350710. Organisational behaviour
390114. Vocational education and training curriculum and pedagogy
390308. Technical, further and workplace education
350503. Human resources management
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