ERIC Number: ED190855
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of a Volunteer Leader Training Program on Discussion Leadership.
Sandmann, Lorilee R.
A two-hour training program for volunteer adult discussion leaders was evaluated in relationship to teaching methods and participant characteristics. The program consisted of a slide/tape presentation, a concept lesson, and a group discussion in which leaders plan a lesson for the local group meeting they are to lead. A literature review examined study group effectiveness, training volunteers in peer teaching, and research and theory on teaching adults. Subjects were 192 Hennepin County, Minnesota, adult women who recieved the training as discussion leaders for that county's 1979 November extension homemaker study topic "Coping with Change Crisis and Loss in Your Life." Three treatment groups were devised: all leaders took a pretest; one group was posttested after the slide/tape, one after the concept lesson, and one at the end of the whole program. Results of statistical analyses showed a significant improvement for the total sample in both their knowledge of and attitude toward the role of discussion leader and toward planning and facilitating a group discussion. However, there was no statistically significant difference among treatment groups in improvement scores and little relationship between individual improvement and the background variables of age, educational attainment, number of times having been a lesson leader, and number of times having led a group discussion. Participants rated the program highly. Implications are presented for further research and for those involved in educating adult educators who work with volunteers. The slide/tape script, discussion questions, and pre- and posttest are appended. (JT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, University of Minnesota. Some pages in Appendix C will not reproduce well due to broken type.