ERIC Number: ED263369
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Listening to Learners--A Key to Better Training.
Macduff, Nancy; Long, James S.
A project identified strategies to improve the design of workshops. Seventeen workshops were offered in 1984 by one training team, Macduff Bunt Associates, a management training company. The workshops were conducted throughout the Pacific Northwest for business and industry, nonprofit volunteer organizations, and government agencies. Workshop feedback sheets were assembled from 382 workshop participants who rated workshops and offered comments on ways to improve workshops. Of 185 comments, 27 related to content. Most content comments related to the workshop's specificity, scope of coverage or discussion, and relevance to a given setting. Respondents identified process elements of the workshops with comments related to time, choice of activities, physical activities, level of interaction, and instruction. Participants' emphasis on time and choice of activity within the process dimension of the workshops and on specificity and relevance indicated they held clear expectations for the workshop and viewed each activity as an alternative use of their time to pursue those expectations. Adult learners indicated dislike for being rushed, late hours as not being conducive to learning, a need to discuss real life problems, a desire for less group interaction and more instructor guidance, and a need to "mix up" the audience more than once. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Adult Education Conference (Milwaukee, WI, November 1985).