Researching Training in Australia: Which discipline and what diversity?

Year: 1992

Author: Schaafsma, Dr Hank

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper examines the recent Australian research literature on training in order to understand which disciplines have shaped its research findings and thereby gain an appreciation of the diversity that currently exists within this expanding field. The methodology used a content analysis of research literature and promotional materials for training. In particular, the findings are drawn from an annotated bibliography of research into aspects of training, produced with a 'learning group' of twelve students. It will be argued that the Australian research literature on training generally fails to provide a critique of training as a strategy for bringing about real changes in the field of Human Resource Development (HRD). There is a growing body of literature that provides a wealth of 'how to' succeed in training, without really trying to understand why so much of it remains critically unexamined in terms of its implicit assumptions, its underlying research paradigms and its contribution to changes in people and organizations.