January 2016 - pearcemayfield

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How do I choose a PRINCE2® training course? published on 26/01/2016 by John Edmonds - Head of Training and member of the team that authored the latest version of PRINCE2.

This guide is designed to help you find the right PRINCE2 training course. That sounds a simple objective, but as we will see, there are a few common errors that people make. Whether you are choosing for yourself or for your organisation, your choice will be a significant investment of time and money. We would

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Accelerated Learning: Some References published on 14/01/2016 by Maya Eadie

Accelerated Learning: Some References – Pearce MayfieldPearce Mayfield It may be the 5th January, but this is my first post of the New Year. So I would like  to wish everyone a Happy and Fulfilling 2007. I could do worse than start the New Year with an article about those books I have found most

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It may be the 5th January, but this is my first post of the New Year. So I would like  to wish everyone a Happy and Fulfilling 2007.

I could do worse than start the New Year with an article about those books I have found most useful in Accelerated Learning(AL). Because of my work with pearcemayfield, I’m more interested in the application of AL techniques to adult learning than for the albeit worthy cause of educating children. I have come across many AL titles that were exclusively focused on the challenge to school teachers. Whilst these school-oriented works have some marginal interest and relevance to me, the following list for the most part focuses on the challenge of all adults to learn.

The Accelerated Learning Handbook: A Creative Guide to Designing and Delivering Faster, More Effective Training Programs by David Meier is my AL Bible. There are other methodological approaches to AL, but for me, I’m glad that Meier’s comprehensive, clear and practical treatment was early in my reading into this.

The Trainer’s Toolkit: Bringing Brain-Friendly Learning to Life by Kimberley Hare and Larry Reynolds is an excellent practical resource structure more around tips and approaches.

Tim Andrews’ Where’s Your Spotlight: How to enhance learning for others is a small paperback that is very readable and packs a punch.

Tony and Barry Buzan’s The Mind Map Book is now a classic publication by the BBC, and sufficiently distinguishes Mind Mapping as a thinking and delivery technique by its full-colour plates.

Daniel Pink’s A Whole New Mind: How to Thrive in the New Conceptual Age sets ‘whole brain’ thinking in a 21st global context. Once most people have read this then there is no way back.

Not a book, but a video presentation that I posted about just before Christmas on the TED Blog is the short presentation by the educationalist Sir Ken Robinson that is an excellent introduction to this whole subject.

As always, this is a personal – and therefore partial – list. I’d be delighted to hear from you if you think I have missed a really important resource.

Finally, I was watching the BBC’s production of Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows recently with Mat Lucas as Toad. As our small group of heroes prepared to take back Toad Hall from the weasels and stoats, either Badger (Bob Hoskins) or Toad insisted after Ratty had attempted to correct his grammar:

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