What is CSAR?

CSAR stands for the 4 learner states, each of which needs to be present in training workshops. These are states of mind, body and focus. They serve complimentary roles in reinforcing the overall learning process, ensuring that participants return to work with enough knowledge and skill to further achieve learning outcomes. The 4 CSAR learner states are:  

CURIOSITY: An emotional state that centres upon the desire to learn something specific and new

STUDY: A calm, rational state that supports the learner in developing knowledge on this new and specific something

ACTIVITY: An active, kinetic state that extends the learner to convert newly acquired knowledge into a skill of some kind

REFLECTION: A strategic, problem solving state where the learner is asked to consider, amongst other things, where they can place and use newly acquired skills and knowledge in their working, and in some cases outside lives



Check out this short YouTube video, where model creator Derek Rowe
talks about the 4 CSAR learner states


CSAR is about training groups, not individuals.

One other thing you need to know about CSAR is that it's a model for specifically training groups, rather than individuals; it's audience-based

Think about movies or plays for a minute. They are mediums wholly and solely designed to take entire groups on roughly the same journey. Who didn't cry when ET said goodbye, or smile and tap their foot when Ferris Bueller sang Twist and Shout from the float? Only the most hard-hearted!

The reality is that, just like movies or plays, workshops must influence groups, and basing both your design and delivery on CSAR will allow you to better steer your collective audience through the same learning state at the same time.