|Trainer's Handbook - A 14 Days Teaching Methodology Course|
The German Development Service in co-ordination with the Ministry of Research, Technical Training and Technology has been organising Teaching Methodology courses for the Youth Polytechnic instructors and managers in different parts of Kenya since 1993.
Youth Polytechnic instructors and managers who attended these courses, had not undergone any teacher training before. New skills learnt were of great benefit to them personally and professionally and to the institutions they had come from.
This handbook was designed to provide trainers of the In-service Training Programme with a unified approach, providing necessary handouts as well as guidelines for activities. It is essential that course participants are actively engaged in this course.
During the past number of years we have observed different trainers of teaching methodology courses using different training styles and whereas the majority were using participatory approaches, some of them were teaching in a disciplinarian manner. This is a contradiction in itself to the course content and it caused confusion amongst course participants.
This handbook attempts to streamline training styles and provides trainers of teaching methodology courses with guidelines on how to set up a training venue, conduct courses, arrange course content in a systematic way and to carry out a course evaluation.
It also provides YP managers with guidelines on how to assess and supervise their instructors after they have started to implement newly acquired skills in the YP set up.
We have tried to design this handbook as practically as possible. However, as much flexibility as possible may be exercised while using this book. It is the contention of the authors that in a participatory training set up, there are neither fast nor rigid procedures which can be overzealously applied. We therefore welcome any suggestions on the content and suggested process from trainers and other users. Such comments should be forwarded to the authors, care of the German Development Service, P.O. Box 47136, Nairobi.