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close this bookAquaculture - Training Manual (Peace Corps, 1990, 350 p.)
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentAcknowledgments
View the documentForward
View the documentChapter one: Introduction
View the documentChapter two: Training philosophy and methodology
View the documentChapter three: Goals and objectives
View the documentChapter four: Site requirements, logistics and length of training
View the documentChapter five: Trainee qualifications and assessment
View the documentChapter six: Staff qualifications, staffing pattern and staff training
View the documentChapter seven: Ten-week program: summary and weekly schedule of events
View the documentChapter eight: Eight-week program: limltations, adjustments, program summary and weekly schedule of events
View the documentChapter nine: Program design considerations and orientation
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View the documentSession I-1: Trainee arrival
View the documentSession I-2: Orientation
View the documentSession I-3: Expectations, rules and norms
View the documentSession I-4: Individual focusing
View the documentSession I-5: Pond observations
View the documentSession I-6: Processing - pond observations
View the documentSession I-7: Personal Interview - week one
View the documentSession I-8: Processing of week one - bridge to Peace Corps, goal setting
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View the documentSession II-1: Management plan (part one)
View the documentSession II-2: Group discussion - profit incentive in fish farming
View the documentSession II-3: Stocking of ponds
View the documentSession II-4: Group discussion - fish handling
View the documentSession II-5: Use of tools and pumps
View the documentSession II-6: Trainee evaluation of training - week two
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View the documentSession III-1: Quiz (week three)
View the documentSession III-2: Management plan (part two)
View the documentSession III-3: Equipment shed, feed shed and pump - trainee responsibilities
View the documentSession III-4: Weekly technical report requirements
View the documentSession III-5: Field trips - week three
View the documentSession III-6: Processing of field trip
View the documentSession III-7: Masonry and carpentry projects
View the documentSession III-8: Dissection exercise
View the documentSession III-9: Social awareness
View the documentSession III-10: Personal interview - week three
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View the documentSession IV-1: Introduction to surveying
View the documentSession IV-2: Surveying projects
View the documentSession IV-3: Pond interview - week four
View the documentSession IV-4: Trainee evaluation of training - week four
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View the documentSession V-1: Guest lecturer - site selection, pond design and pond construction
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View the documentSession V-3: Site development/pond design
View the documentSession V-4: Processing of masonry project
View the documentSession V-5: Issues in peace corps aquaculture programming
View the documentSession V-6: Introduction of seminars and seminar topics
View the documentSession V-7: Fish fry
View the documentSession V-8: Personal interview - week five
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View the documentDesign VI-1: Seminar preparation and presentations
View the documentSession VI-2: Pond interview week six
View the documentSession VI-3: Trainee evaluation of program - week six
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View the documentSession VII-1: Meeting - preparation for field trip
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View the documentSession IX-1: Field trip debriefing/reentry to training
View the documentSession IX-2: Site selection/pond design
View the documentSession IX-3: Wheelbarrow project
View the documentSession IX-4: Pond construction project
View the documentSession IX-5: Final reports
View the documentSession IX-6: Pond interview - week nine
View the documentSession IX-7: Personal interview - week nine
View the documentSession IX-8 Country specific information
View the documentSession IX-9: Trainer panels
View the documentSession IX-10: Male and female volunteer issues
View the documentSession IX-11: Level of intensity assignment wrap-up
View the documentSession IX-12: Basic management strategy for Oreochromis niloticus
View the documentSession IX-13: Final harvests
View the documentSession IX-14: Fish marketing
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View the documentSession X-1: Culture shock
View the documentSession X-2: Processing of pond construction project (and wheelbarrows)
View the documentSession X-3: Final interviews
View the documentSession X-4: Final trainee evaluation of training program
View the documentChapter twenty: Program evaluation
View the documentChapter twenty-one: Recommendations for in-country training
View the documentChapter twenty-two: Publications, equipment and materials

Session IV-3: Pond interview - week four

Time frame: Approximately 10 minutes per trainee


· Evaluate trainees' technical comprehension, and ability and willingness to apply information;

· Motivate trainees to maximize their learning through making the best possible use of their ponds as learning tools;

· Help trainees identify aspects of their pond management that need further thought, modification or action.

Overview: This is not a session design. It is a set of trainer notes that describe the procedure used for implementing pond interviews. Although staff members interact with the trainees at their ponds several times a day, this time is used for more formalized interviews dealing specifically with the trainees' pond work. The interviews take place at the ponds. By asking the trainees specific questions about their management practices and the observations they have made, trainers not only have an opportunity to evaluate the trainees comprehension and work, but also provide the trainees with some food for thought and a reminder of their accountability in their pond work. The questions asked often help trainees focus on aspects of their management they would like to explore further, pique their curiosity about some aspect of their ponds or fish that they had not previously considered, evaluate some of the actions they have already taken in their pond work, or give them ideas for additional management activities.

· Each staff member is assigned certain trainees to interview;

· Each staff member carries a clipboard, on which he/she has one form for each of the trainees he/she is to interview. The forms have the date, the trainee's name, and the questions to be asked in the interview with spaces between each one for the trainer to make comments about the trainee's responses;

· Staff members should review the questions among themselves prior to the interviews. They should make sure they all interpret the questions the same way, that they are consistent in the kind of information they expect to obtain from each, and that they have similar ideas about the kinds of notes they will take during the interviews;

· When the trainees arrive at the training site, they are told to remain at their ponds until a trainer has spoken with them (they will be going directly to their ponds each morning for daily pond time in any case, but it is helpful to give them these instructions anyway in case interviews run late, or in case some trainees plan to spend part of their time away from their ponds to get fertilizer or do some other pond related task);

· For each interview, the trainer approaches the trainee at hihe/sher pond. The trainer informs the trainee, in a polite but formal tone, that he/she will be asking him/her some questions about hihe/sher pond this morning. The trainer has hihe/sher clipboard out and the form prepared so that he/she can make notes as the trainee responds to the questions;

· The trainer asks the trainee the questions listed on the form, noting down the trainees responses as well as other comments (for example, the trainer might note that the trainee knew a great deal of the information without looking in hihe/sher notebook, or that the trainee seemed enthusiastic and eager to discuss hihe/sher pond work in depth, or that the trainee had extremely disorganized notes and was unable to find information requested, etc.);

· The trainer should try not to deviate from the questions listed, though an occasional follow-up question may be unavoidable based upon the trainee's response.

· Upon completion of the interview, the trainer thanks the trainee, provides information regarding the meeting time for the next activity (or whatever is appropriate), and leaves the trainee to resume hihe/sher pond work. The trainer should then go to a reasonably private location to quickly fill in any notes he/she needs to make on the form regarding the interview before continuing on to the next trainee.

· An example of a first pond interview form follows:

First Pond Interview

Date:_____________ Trainee's Name:_______________________________

1. What is the surface area of your pond?

2. What are your thoughts now about your stocking technique?

3. Exactly what did you stock? (Species, weight, number). How do you know?

4. What is actually in your pond now? How do you know?

5. What have you learned so far about the fish in your pond? (Should include whether or not they are on feed and how they know)

6. What have you learned so far about the water quality in your pond?

7. What have you done for your fish today?

8. May I please see your records?

9. How can you best use this pond to maximize fish production and your own understanding of fish culture? What are your short term plans for your pond for the next few days?