The science of training: a decade of progress

Annu Rev Psychol. 2001:52:471-99. doi: 10.1146/annurev.psych.52.1.471.


This chapter reviews the training research literature reported over the past decade. We describe the progress in five areas of research including training theory, training needs analysis, antecedent training conditions, training methods and strategies, and posttraining conditions. Our review suggests that advancements have been made that help us understand better the design and delivery of training in organizations, with respect to theory development as well as the quality and quantity of empirical research. We have new tools for analyzing requisite knowledge and skills, and for evaluating training. We know more about factors that influence training effectiveness and transfer of training. Finally, we challenge researchers to find better ways to translate the results of training research into practice.

MeSH terms

  • Cognition
  • Humans
  • Learning
  • Motivation
  • Psychological Theory
  • Self Efficacy
  • Teaching / standards
  • Teaching / trends*