ERIC Number: ED414092
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Workshops on the Whole Language Approach in Cooperation with the Thai-Israel Friendship Foundation (Bangkok, Thailand, January 27-30, 1997; February 4-7, 1997; and February 11-14, 1997). Report.
Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Centre, Haifa (Israel).
This document reports on a three 3-day workshops on the whole-language approach in early childhood education held in Thailand in 1997. There were 119 registrants, including graduate students, teachers, and university instructors. Workshops were translated into the Thai language. The first workshop introduced the whole-language approach and included activities and discussion related to considering children's developmental levels in designing activities, educational philosophy, and creating a literacy environment. The second workshop involved more advanced coverage of the whole-language approach, and included exercises on reading and literacy, developing a topic for a literacy curriculum, and emphasizing the role of dramatic play. The third workshop provided further training in the whole-language approach for some participants and a training-of-trainers workshop for other participants. Training-of-Trainers participants learned the principles of facilitation and practiced skills with other participants. Workshop evaluation results indicated that participants enjoyed the workshops, found them beneficial, and requested follow-up workshops. The Israeli consultants conducting the workshops indicated that the group size was too large, the division into three consecutive workshops created an unwieldy mixture of people with different backgrounds, and that translation made communication difficult. They also recommended forming a professional support group in Thailand. (Includes lists of participants, presenters and translators.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem.
Authoring Institution: Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Centre, Haifa (Israel).
Identifiers - Location: Thailand