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8 Principles for Conducting Sessions for Adult Participants

Focus on “real world” problems. Emphasise how the learning can be applied. Relate the learning to the goals of the participant. Relate the materials to the past experiences of the participant. Allow debate and challenge of ideas. Listen to and respect the opinions of participants. Encourage participants to be resources to the trainers and

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Adult learning principles

Learners in the workplace are adults.  Effective trainers identify and use adult learning principles as they provide instruction and demonstration of work skills. Knowles (1990) highlights the importance of applying the following principles in the table below when working with adult learners: Adults are motivated to learn as they experience needs and interests that

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Flexible learning

Flexible learning expands choice about what, when, where and how people learn. It is a learner-centred approach to education and training that covers a range of delivery modes, including e-learning, distance education, mixed-mode delivery, online learning, self-paced and self-directed learning. Why is flexible learning so important? Flexibility is a fundamental concept in the national

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What are employability skills?

Employability skills are non-technical skills which play a significant part in contributing to an individual’s effective and successful participation in the workplace. Employability skills are also sometimes referred to as generic skills, capabilities, enabling skills or key competencies. In Australia the employability skills are: communication skills, which contribute to productive and harmonious relations between

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The five steps of the capacity development process

Engage stakeholders on capacity development Assess capacity assets and needs Formulate a capacity development response Implement a capacity development response Evaluate capacity development These steps are consecutive,but they need not be completed within a specified timeframeor within the confines ofa singleprogramme or project. The length of the cycle will depend on a large number

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Difference between these twotypes of capacity.

Technical capacities are the most familiar and straight forward. They are the capacities associated with particular areas of professional expertise and practice in specific sectors or themes, such as healthcare, agriculture, education or elections. As such they are closely related to the sector or organisational context in focus. Functional capacities are ‘cross-cutting’ capacities that

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