Adult Learning and Motivation

The principals of adult learning clearly illustrate that how people learn is a direct result of an interaction between forces within the individual and the environment. This interaction can be summarized in one concept - Trainability.

Trainability is concerned with these factors:

  • Readiness to learn and motivation
  • Level of ability
  • Perceptions of the work environment

The individual must have both the willingness to learn and the ability to achieve the learning objectives. If either is lacking, then learning will not occur.

Trainability is an important factor in HRD. Placing employees in programs for which they lack the necessary preparation or motivation to succeed will waste time and resources. Participants with a lower level of ability take longer to learn, which can increase the length of the program and expense involved with conducting it.