Training Through Dialogue: Promoting Effective Learning and Change with Adults / Edition 1

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In her well-received 1994 book, Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach, Jane Vella showed how adult education could be structured around adult learners' needs. Now, building on that work, Vella offers a lively, step-by-step approach to training the trainers of adults—showing them how to cultivate an entirely new set of skills for interacting with learners.Through numerous examples in a variety of settings, Vella illustrates the effectiveness of her train the trainer program: in Chile with community health educators, in rural Arkansas with small business developers, in rural Vermont with trainers from diverse nonprofit organizations, in Syracuse, New York, with literacy professionals, in a southern U.S. veterans hospital with professionals teaching about substance abuse, and in Haiti with community AIDS educators. Each chapter example Ands with a summary that invites critique and suggestions and presents indicators of changed behavior from individuals who took part in that particular program.Training Through Dialogue will compel teachers of adults to critically examine the philosophical assumptions, principles, and practices of their old, familiar model of teaching and open up to a new experience of education.

In her well-received 1994 book, Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach, Jane Vella showed how adult education could be structured around adult learners' needs. Now, building on that work, Vella offers a lively, step-by-step approach to training the trainers of adults--showing them how to cultivate an entirely new set of skills for interacting with learners.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Jane Vella extAnds her previous work to bring us the sounds,smells, laughter, and images of 'train-the-trainer' workshops inpopular education. Through living examples of workshops on health,literacy, and exconomic development in Chile, Haiti, Arkansas, andNew England, we see how theory is translated into practice. Kudosfor this hands-on application of popular education." (Nina B.Wallerstein, associate professor, Department of Family CommunityMedicine, University of New Mexico)

"Read this book if yu are serious about making a difference...adifference in the way you train trainers, facilitate training, andaffect the lives of your participants." (Paula K. Berardinelli,president, Center for Organizational Research and Education,Inc.)

"A marvelous guide for all of us struggling to understand howadults learn, how we can teach in ways that respect and build onthe needs and experiences of adults, and how we can help otherslearn the principles of popular education." (Richard Schramm,director, Goddard Business Institute, Goddard College)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787901356
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/10/1995
  • Series: Higher & Adult Education
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

JANE VELLA is president of Jubilee Popular Education Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, and adjunct professor at the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is the author of Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach (Jossey-Bass, 1994). Vella has designed and led community education and staff development programs in more than forty countries around the world.

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Table of Contents

Part One: Training That Respects the Learner.

1. Teaching Adults: Insights from Popular Education.

2. Training Trainers in the Popular Education Approach: OneModel.

Part Two: Lessons Learned from Practice.

3. Group Size and the Role of the "Professor": Training Trainers inCommunity Health.

4. The Importance of Dialogue: Training in NonprofitOrganizations.

5. Honoring the Role of the Learner: Training with HealthProfessionals.

6. Transforming the Culture of Teaching: Training in LiteracyPrograms.

7. Rebuilding Faith in Teaching: Training in a Substance AbuseProgram.

8. Making Time for Training: A Community Development Bank Investsin Learning.

Part Three: Applying the Approach.

9. The Challenge of Design: Developing a Program for CommunityVolunteers.

10. Supporting Newly Trained Trainers: Strategies for ContinuingDialogue.

11. Evaluation: Beginning to Assess the Results.

Resource: Glossary of Popular Education Terms.

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