Manual for Media Trainers: A Learner-Centred Approach
SECTION SIX Training techniques
his section considers the practical side of organizing training programs. If youve had any concerns that theories discussed in earlier sections might not be so easy to incorporate in training, we hope to dispel those worries in the following pages. Here, we wish to stress one important thingthe development of a consistent model of planning. The procedures employed in training should be systematic, based upon the logic of adult learning, and aimed at producing changes in behavior on the job. This does not mean that everyone should plan training activities using exactly the same methods. Individuals naturally have personal differences that shape the character of their work in the training room; some people work more effectively using one method, others perform better using another. The main thing is to devise a strategy that is comfortable for the trainer and one that remains consistent from training activity to training activity.
Preparing your session
It is customary to plan an activity by breaking it down into a series of sessions. As such, the session becomes the basic building block of a training program. Indeed, most training programs can be thought of as a sequence of sessions that collectively encompass the activitys subject matter. Typically, each session is made up of a self-contained presentation on a single topic . The length of the session can vary from a few minutes to several hours, perhaps even an entire daythe duration is not as important as the requirement that each session cover its topic thoroughly. Individual sessions should link together or fit into a logical pattern within the training schedule. The first step According to Hugh de Silva, long-time trainer and manager with AIBD, the first step in preparing a session is to consider the four...