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Using the Material

by Phil Bartle, PhD

Introduction to the Module (Hub)

Documents Included in this Training Methods Module

Documents Included in Other Modules

Skill to do comes of doing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Unlike most of the modules on this web site, which contain content (eg capacity development), this module is concerned with how to use the material, how to plan and implement the training.

The core document explains that the material can be used directly in training, each module containing several documents, aimed at different users, trainers, trainees, or it can be used indirectly as guidelines in setting up your own, locally relevant, training material. see the trainers' reference: How to Use The Material. Either way you can pick and choose the material, as if in a cafeteria, according to your assessment of training needs.

The core document also explains that this material is designed mainly for learning outside orthodox training institutions, it is for learning while on the job, perhaps by organizing training workshops. It complements the informal and ad hoc learning while actually carrying out duties. The document argues that of the various ways of learning (eg through: reading listening, watching), the most effective is learning while doing. This can be in (1) artificially set up situations in the classroom of the workshop, or (2) in the field with un-controlled situations based on real life.

Other documents in the module include topics such as role playing (see: Role Playing and Simulation Games, Power of Suns, and Playing a Role for participants), story telling (see: Telling Stories ), using proverbs (see: Slogans & Proverbs).

When you are setting up a syllabus or curriculum of training (see: Framework for a Community Management Training Curriculum) appropriate to your situation or the needs of your organization, consider using some of these alternatives to lectures or presentations in the class room.

When you are ready to hold a training workshop, good preparation is essential. See the "Preparing a Workshop" for guidelines in designing a workshop as you would design a project.

For more guidance on training methods and using the material, look at each of the modules. Many of them include training methods specifically aimed at the specific topics. See, for example, Preparing the Mobiliser, Starting the Mobiliser, Creating the Organisers, and Literacy Principles. Also, see: Training the Facilitator for Participatory Appraisal.


A Training Session:

The trainer is stting down while a participant presents

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