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CHAPTER - 5
Communication and organisational skills are just as important as technical appreciation of the subject. Professional educators already understand this point, but teaching is a very individual matter and interactive teaching can be very demanding on a busy person.
It is essential that the trainer understands and addresses following aspects :
· How to ensure maximum effectiveness as a trainer
· How to organise effective training activities and presentations
The adult learning process is unique as they can contribute to the group learning through their individual experiences, further :-
Adults learn best when they are actively engaged. They remember 20% of what they hear, 40% of what they see, and 80% of what they discover for themselves.
Accordingly, this course is also designed in a manner so as to rely on interactive teaching methods, using working exercises, case studies and group work problem solving, rather than on lecture delivery.
Interactive techniques are more complex to organise than delivering lectures and also give better results. In particular, interactive methods are more likely to provide participants with practical skills. This is important where skill development rather than factual knowledge is the objective. Lectures are better at providing factual knowledge than at developing skills.
For example, a workshop format is very effective in providing training on the effective use of management tools such as Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) or audits. For high level environmental management, both knowledge and skills are required, so that appropriate mixture of techniques could be used.
The content under this chapter is drawn from experiences of various organisations in conducting workshops and other training sessions.