ERIC Number: ED246529
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Improving the Human Environment of Schools: Facilitation.
Avis, Joan P.; Bigelow, Elizabeth D.
This training guide and reference manual helps educational leaders learn to be facilitators in the program called "Improving the Human Environment of Schools" (IHES), a participative problem-solving method designed to improve a school's "quality of life." An introductory chapter reviews the history of IHES and outlines IHES facilitator training. Chapters 2 through 6 follow the 3-day IHES training program. Chapter 2 presents the building blocks of IHES facilitation, including a review of basic communication skills and the advanced skills of managing conflict and anger. Chapter 3 describes the components of IHES facilitation and the process of facilitating IHES group meetings. Chapter 4 outlines the principles and techniques of problem solving in small groups. Chapter 5 discusses background material on small-group processes and strategies for maintaining an IHES group as a fully functioning entity in the school. Chapter 6 provides information on advanced IHES facilitation methods and suggestions for improving skills. Next, the appendix describes how an IHES group is established. Finally, the authors present a list of references on small-group processes, conflict management, communication, and facilitation. (Author/MCG)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Communication Skills, Conflict Resolution, Divergent Thinking, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Goal Orientation, Group Dynamics, Group Guidance, Models, Participative Decision Making, Problem Solving, Recordkeeping
Publications Sales, California State Department of Education, P.O. Box 271, Sacramento, CA 95802-0271 ($5.50; California residents add sales tax).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.