Date of Paper/Work

2011

Type of Paper/Work

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Department

Organizational Leadership

First Advisor

Martha Hardesty

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to increase the effectiveness of technical employee onboarding by understanding the role learning style training could play in onboarding. The research included a review of available literature on adult learning styles, including a specific review of the adult learning styles of technical students, as well as a survey and face-to-face interviews with training and development (T&D) personnel. Both the web survey and interview results showed that despite interest and recognition of the role of learning styles in education, the training community is for a variety of reasons not ready to update onboarding curricula with learning style information. In fact, provision of onboarding support to new employees is still new enough that barely half the survey respondents reported onboarding activity beyond orientation training. The use of learning styles to improve onboarding and other training is regarded as important but not yet on the radar for implementation.

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