Education and Training Comparisons Essay

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Education and Training Comparisons
Education and training are two modes of learning and the phrases often appear interchangeable. Discerning the two is a matter of semantics for some, and for others, it’s a basic necessity (Loop, n.d.). The Oxford English Dictionary states training is “teaching a particular skill or type of behavior through regular practice and instruction” while education is described as “the process of educating or being educated, the theory and practice of teaching” (Gibbs, T., Brigden D., & Hellenber, D.,2004, pg. 5). Both training and education share the fact that both take place in both formal settings and informal ones. A formal setting for education is a school, while that for training is usually done in trade
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Therefore, training answers the question ‘how’ in learning. Training results in both mental and manual skills (Essenhigh, 2000). Mental skills are such as accounting, programming, and engineering. Manual skills are such as flying a plane, plumbing, and carpentry (Kumar, 2011).
Table 1. The Difference between Education and Training Note: Based on Arthur Chickering’s work in Education and Identity, Jossie-Bass, 1993. Retrieved from
History of training roots back to the guild system. Training vocations varied from building, painting, baking, etc. During those times, training was referred to as “apprenticeships” where the apprentice learned particular trade working under the master builder, painter, baker, etc. Apprenticeships were reserved more for lower and middle class adults. As for education origins, this is a product of mediaeval university systems and was initially a rite reserved only for wealthy households (Kumar, 2011). Theory of education took the face of philosophy and theology courses, which were held in higher regard than other studies in the “Renaissance” era and still remained prominent in today’s society (Kumar, 2011).
“The question becomes: When to acquire more skills and knowledge and how?” (Fortino, 2014, para 2.) From a methodological point of view, training is entirely specific

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