ERIC Number: ED474778
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Short Courses & Workshops: Improving the Impact of Learning, Training & Professional Development.
This guide looks at successful management of learning in short courses and workshops. An introduction reviews ideas underpinning the content; considers the meanings of "short courses" and "workshops;" and reviews conceptions of short course learning in the settings and cultures in which they occur. Chapter 1 introduces precision to the process of course development and the concepts of aims and learning outcomes. Chapter 2 reviews these factors that form the learning context: the vocabulary of learning, common understandings and images of learning and their influence on learners, role of more formal views of learning, and environment. Chapter 3 examines the quality of learning required to impact practice, reviews recent work on approaches to learning, and relates these to the results of learning in a "map of learning and the representation of learning." Chapter 4 explores differences between learners and means of handling this. Chapter 5 reviews the context of instruction. Chapter 6 focuses on ways in which instruction or facilitation of learning best supports the quality of learning that will impact practice and looks at technical qualities of good instruction. Chapter 7 is about designing courses to achieve impact. Chapter 8 describes the 12 course components identified in Chapter 7 (course planning or administration; actual instruction or delivery; activities to facilitate group functioning; activities to support the learner in implementing change in practice; provision of course overviews; reflective activities; other activities to deepen or enable integration of learning; activities to support individual learning or coping behaviors; assessment activities to evaluate personal learning; and course evaluation). Chapter 9 summarizes main points and acts as a quick reference or checklist for course development. (Appendixes include 110 references and index.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Cognitive Style, Curriculum Development, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Instruction, Instructional Design, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement, Minicourses, Professional Development, Theory Practice Relationship, Training, Training Methods, Transfer of Training, Workshops
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
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Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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