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close this bookTeacher Training: a Reference Manual (Peace Corps, 1986, 176 p.)
close this folderChapter 1 what a teacher trainer needs to know
close this folderConsiderations in designing a training program
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View the documentIncorporating program evaluation
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Now that you have considered ways adults learn, you have the tools necessary to begin designing your training program. This section is primarily addressed to those who are responsible for designing informal or in-service training programs and curriculum. Teacher trainers based at national teacher training colleges may, however, find helpful suggestions for how to adapt the curriculum they have been given to better meet the needs of their learners.

The following is one model that can be used to design training programs. It is intended to be a guide that can be modified or adapted as you see fit and as the situation requires. It is based on six steps:

1. Carrying out a comprehensive needs assessment
2. Defining program goals and objectives
3. Selecting topic areas
4. Designing learning activities
5. Analyzing the program time flow and rhythm
6. Incorporating program evaluation
7. Analyzing training constraints

You have already spent some time conducting (or thinking about how you would conduct) a needs assessment of your teachers. The remaining steps will either be discussed in detail in this section or, where appropriate, you will be referred to other sections of the manual that cover a related topic.