The Use of Learning Curves

The Use of Learning Curves Since I became a professional trainer I have encountered many people who talk about learning curves in a way which indicates they do not fully understand what learning curves are, how they are arrived at and what use to make of them. I have had queries from training officers wanting to know what is the learning curve for particular jobs. I have met many management students who think a learning curve is a statement of an absolute state of the universe in much the same way as Isaac Newton's Laws of Motion. Recently I came across a company selling synthetic workstudy data who included in their data an analysis, based on a learning curve, which indicated how many repetitions of the method would be necessary before the operator learned the job to given levels of performance. The International Labour Office's Introduction to Work Study shows a diagram of a typical learning curve p. 205 but there is no discussion of the use of the curve, why it is or what it is or just how typical it is. It has been put in with minimal apparent understanding and minimal attempt to develop understanding. Each of the above examples demonstrates a need to make clear the background to learning curves and what use to make of them. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of European Industrial Training Emerald Publishing

The Use of Learning Curves

Journal of European Industrial Training, Volume 8 (7): 4 – Jul 1, 1984

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0309-0590
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10.1108/eb002184
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Abstract

Since I became a professional trainer I have encountered many people who talk about learning curves in a way which indicates they do not fully understand what learning curves are, how they are arrived at and what use to make of them. I have had queries from training officers wanting to know what is the learning curve for particular jobs. I have met many management students who think a learning curve is a statement of an absolute state of the universe in much the same way as Isaac Newton's Laws of Motion. Recently I came across a company selling synthetic workstudy data who included in their data an analysis, based on a learning curve, which indicated how many repetitions of the method would be necessary before the operator learned the job to given levels of performance. The International Labour Office's Introduction to Work Study shows a diagram of a typical learning curve p. 205 but there is no discussion of the use of the curve, why it is or what it is or just how typical it is. It has been put in with minimal apparent understanding and minimal attempt to develop understanding. Each of the above examples demonstrates a need to make clear the background to learning curves and what use to make of them.

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Journal of European Industrial TrainingEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 1, 1984

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