Pattern Making, Pattern Breaking by Ann Alder

Ann Alder's first hardback book: 'Pattern Making, Pattern Breaking, Using Past Experience and New Behaviour in Training, Education and Change Management' is the result of her experience in adult learning in a wide variety of situations in the last 30 years, as a consultant, trainer, coach, facilitator, manager, parent and learner!

With a focus on using experiential learning to change and develop behaviours at an organisational, team or personal level, this book aims to make the learning process enjoyable, memorable and rewarding. A great addition to any of our experiential activities. 

Published in November 2010 by Gower Publishing , ISBN: 978-0-566-08853-7

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Key Features

    Learning Focus
  • Change Management
  • Decision Making
  • Improving Performance
  • Innovation
  • Instruction & Delegation
  • Problem Solving
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Activity Overview

The purpose of this book is to explore with you the ways in which the design, delivery and reviewing of training and learning activities can become a fundamental part of the adult learning process. This uses learning principles that allow observation and reflection upon new and existing patterns, an opportunity to re-work or re-form existing mental models and the time and space to understand, rehearse and apply the new learning.

Learning Objectives

The ability to build patterns is fundamental to our ability to learn. Ann Alder’s Pattern Making, Pattern Breaking book explores the ways in which educators and facilitators can work to help students build those patterns that will be most useful to them. These may be ‘technical’ patterns of language, number, sequence or process; they may be thinking patterns that support problem-solving, creativity, logical analysis or empathy or they may be patterns of behaviour that demonstrate trust, influence or integrity in relationships. Alder also illustrates how you can teach students to break patterns: to help them move on in the learning process by recognising and rejecting long–held patterns of behaviour or assumptions that are unhelpful or redundant.

Formal education and training do not necessarily produce learners who are well resourced to take advantage of opportunities that arise and to avoid some of the stresses that uncertainty, ambiguity or imposed change place upon them. So, perhaps one of the most important patterns that we can explore and understand as we move forward, in a changing world, is our own pattern of learning. Whether you are a parent, teacher, tutor, trainer, coach or manager, you need to be an effective facilitator of learning and this book is the perfect starting place.

Activity Description

Book Contents:

Part 1: Pattern Facilitation:

  • Ch. 1 Why are patterns so important in the facilitation of learning?
  • Ch. 2 Designing learning that sticks
  • Ch. 3 The role of the learning facilitator


Part 2: Learning Skills:

  • Ch. 4 Pattern recognition
  • Ch. 5 Pattern evaluation
  • Ch. 6 The use of questions
  • Ch. 7 Challenge, confrontation and creativity


Part 3: Training Skills:

  • Ch. 8 Using metaphor and visual imagery
  • Ch. 9 Simulation: an opportunity to rehearse new patterns
  • Ch. 10 Reinforcing and applying new patterns using action plans
  • Ch. 11 Pattern making in organisational contexts
  • Ch. 12 Measuring lasting and successful behaviour change


Conclusion: Developing effective learning strategies 


Package Weight: 0.2kg


Strongly recommend Review by Lesley, Corporate L&D Manager
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From a facilitator's point of view, I would have loved to have read this book ten years ago. I would strongly recommend this book to others; in fact I will buy a copy for each of my team who are all working on their facilitation work. I strongly believe this book would be welcome in the toolkit of many L&D professionals.
This is not a book that will gather dust once it has been read. I have already revisited a chapter or two to review for some hints and tips.

Well done Ann, you have obviously worked hard on this and it shows. (Posted on 20/12/2016)
Provides ConfidenceReview by Vanessa, Program Coordinator
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As a trial and error learner myself, Pattern Making, Pattern Breaking gave me great new didactical insights and made me more conscious of my own behavioural patterns as a learner and the environment I teach in. What makes this book special is that it makes you feel comfortable and confident in the actual pattern making and pattern breaking. It feels like Ann Alder invented empathy. (Posted on 20/12/2016)

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