ERIC Number: ED407504
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Reference Count: N/A
Effective Delivery Methodologies for Education and Training to Rural Australia. Report to the Tasmanian Rural Industry Training Board.
A project examined effective methods of delivering education and training to the residents of rural Australia through a literature review and five interview case studies of formal and nonformal training. Findings with regard to access were as follows: potential participants must be aware that the program exists and is for them; the program must be affordable and be delivered at a suitable time and place; and the knowledge and skills of potential participants must be considered in program design and participant selection. Findings in relation to delivery methods and program content emphasized relevant content, target group involvement in decision making, and learner-centered, flexible delivery. Findings related to program outcomes indicated the following: self-confidence as a learner was a critical factor in retention and success; programs that encouraged and enabled interaction between participants and expert facilitators were particularly effective in bringing about attitude change and developing confidence to implement changes. Cost effectiveness was determined by the cost of training delivery and training effectiveness for all stakeholders. (A section describes the five case study courses: whole farm planning, dairy farm management, farm best practice, certificate in food processing, and fish farm attendant. Each case study provides background information, methodology for collecting data, and evaluation of program effectiveness under the headings: access, delivery, changes, and results of changes. Appendixes contain 173 references and the instruments.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Occupations, Case Studies, Cost Effectiveness, Delivery Systems, Foreign Countries, Job Training, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Vocational Education
Centre for Research and Learning in Regional Australia, University of Tasmania, P.O. Box 1214, Launceston, Tasmania 7250, Australia.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Council, Canberra.; Tasmanian Dept. of Vocational Education and Training, Hobart (Australia).
Authoring Institution: Tasmania Univ., Launceston (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia