Difference between training and learning. 10 marks

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The concepts of training and learning are related.  learning is very basic . we learn simple associations in learning Training basically aims at improving performance. it occurs on the basis of learning. No training can take place without learning. Training involves  tasks that often have involvement of multiple learned associations.

Take for example  the training of driving skills.  here a learner learns how to change gear, how to apply brake ,how to stop at the red light etc. The aim of the training is to enhance performance but the performance  could be improved only when one is capable to learn . Training enhances efficiency by controlling error through repeated practice.

Operant conditioning mechanism provides big scope for training .Reinforcement/ punishment arrangement shape behavior  suitably. Even a rat can learn complex behaviours when the trainer applies the technique of shaping and chaining which is basically based on operant conditioning mechanism.

But we cannot apply this technique when behaviour to be learn is very risky. While training driving skills trainer can’t​ afford to provide reinforcement and punishment on the right and wrong behaviour only. He would prefer to demonstrate how to perform the correct behaviour. The learner cognitively observe and imitate those behaviours and very soon become capable to perform the trained behaviour independently.

Clearly operant mechanism is a good mechanism to impart training. Training is important through cognitive mechanisms also  but we have no evidence and reasons to claim that cognitive mechanism is always superior. To train animals, very young children, insane people with the help of cognitive mechanism often fail. For these conditioning mechanism are often more superior.

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