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Gathering Practical Knowledge

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Learner Objective

To speed the learning of practical knowledge from others.

Knowledge and Skills Objectives

Introduction to Working With Others

  1. Discover the importance of learning from others efficiently
  2. Be able to explain the role of Working With Others skills in gathering practical knowledge
  3. Be able to explain what getting another's view is, why it is important, and how it is achieved
  4. Be able to explain what clarifying and confirming is, when each is used, and how each is accomplished
  5. Demonstrate getting another's view
  6. Be able to distinguish knowledge from information and define what practical knowledge is
Gather Practical Knowledge
  1. Be able to explain what gathering practical knowledge is, why it is important, and when it is done
  2. Be able to identify the keys to gathering practical knowledge successfully
  3. Be able to describe the minimum elements of knowledge and information needed to do a task successfully
  4. Be able to explain how practical knowledge is gathered
  5. Be able to explain how practical knowledge is represented
  6. Be able to explain how practical knowledge is verified
  7. Demonstrate gathering practical knowledge from an expert
  8. Demonstrate representing practical knowledge
  9. Demonstrate verifying practical knowledge
  10. Demonstrate gathering practical knowledge to acquire a new learning


Course Outline

  • Opening Training - prepares participants to work together in the training and prepares the instructor to ensure that the learners' expectations are met.
  • Module 1: Overview - builds an image of what has hurt and helped participants in learning from others and relates that image to what the course teaches, why, and how it accomplishes its objectives.
  • Module 2: Introduction to the Working With Others Skills - explains the Working With Others skills, provides practice using them, and an understanding of how these skills relate to gathering practical knowledge.
  • Module 3: Distinguishing Knowledge From Information - teaches how to recognize when one is acquiring knowledge versus information, the importance of each type of content, and its use in learning.
  • Module 4: Learning About Gathering Practical Knowledge - teaches what practical knowledge is, why acquiring it is important, when and where its use is most critical, and what elements of knowledge are essential to learning a task.
  • Module 5: Practicing Gathering Practical Knowledge - provides an understanding of how one gathers, represents, and verifies practical knowledge and exercises to build proficiency in doing these tasks.
  • Module 6: Applying What You Learned - provides an opportunity to apply the gathering practical knowledge skills to learning a performance important to the participants.
  • Closing Training - concludes the training, explores how learners can strengthen their skills after training, and evaluates the course.




  • Gathering Practical Knowledge Participant Coursebook - introduces the course, explains the skills being taught, communicates the importance of each skill, allows the participants to practice the skills, and stimulates their thinking about how the skills may be applied in the real world.
  • Course visuals and handouts - reinforce instructional points and support the practice and application of the skills being taught.
  • Gathering Practical Knowledge Card - provides a pocket-size reminder of the elements of knowledge one must gather and how to acquire and represent each.

Transfer to Real-World Performance

The Gathering Practical Knowledge Card supports the transfer of learning from training to other contexts where participants will learn new tasks. Also, Module 6 includes a learning activity in which participates acquire knowledge important to their roles thus providing a simulation to assist in supporting the transfer of learning.

Achieving Impact

Vital Enterprises offers online support for participants in our courses to assist them in using the skills they learn to produce business benefits. You may access this assistance by clicking on the "Share/Learn" link and selecting "Ask an Expert." This service allows you to post questions you may have about using the skills you learned, get responses to your questions, and benefit from the questions and answers previously shared by others.


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