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Unformatted text preview: 76 11.672.2 © Copy Right: Rai University M A N A G E M E N T O F T R A I N I N G A N D D E V E L O P M E N T Thoughts on Effective Training One commonality found in Deaf-Blind Projects throughout the county is the provision of training to both parents and service providers alike. Although this training varies in its content, format and delivery methods, it shares the common intent of developing skills that will transfer into the classroom, home and community. Current literature in the field of school reform has identified three concepts that influence professional development activities and effective training. • Results driven education, meaning that the success of staff development should be measured not only in changed practioners behavior, but also in its impact on child outcomes. • Systems thinking, the recognition that staff development must be approached from a systems perspective, recognizing that change to one part of a system impacts other parts of the system. • Constructivism, the belief that learners build their own knowledge structures rather than just receive them from others. In response to constructivism, staff development activities must involve practioners in the learning process and include a variety of participatory activities. One result of incorporating these attributes into project training activities will be an increase in the likelihood of achieving identified training outcomes and positively impacting training recipients. It is also important to recognize the unique needs of adults in a learning endeavor. These include the need to have: • Meaningful information • Expectations known • Experience respected • Reinforcement provided • Feedback given • Diverse teaching styles used • A sense of relevancy • Self-direction • Freedom from anxiety • Immediate application This Project is supported by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of the US Department of Education. Elements of Quality Training Inservice training and professional development activities are extremely resource intensive, both in personnel time and actual dollars. Yet, the major activity of many training projects is the provision of training to a variety of audiences on a multitude of content and topic areas. As such, projects must strive to provide training that is meaningful, relevant and effective. However it must acknowledge that on occasion trainings are not what the participants had hoped for and occasionally the training has missed the mark! The current literature describes several key elements that are critical to the design and implementation of effective inservice training and professional development activities. These elements consistently appear in time-tested professional development models and contribute to both the models effectiveness and longevity....
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- Spring '10
- Management, Skill, Rai University, effective training