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close this book Forestry training manual Inter-America Region
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View the document Session II special projects
View the document Session III The forest of the world, peace corps forestry goals, the individual volunteers' roles
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View the document Session V Exercise I: Record keeping
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View the document Session VII Flowers, seeds, the beginning
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View the document Session IX Non-verbal communication
View the document Session X Basic site selection, planning and layout of a nursery
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View the document Session XIX Individual interviews
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View the document Session XL Soil erosion
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View the document Session L Field trip overview
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Session V Exercise I: Record keeping

Total Time: - 1 1/2 hours

Overview

The purpose of this exercise is to provide trainees with an opportunity to realize the importance of record keeping as a must during training, and also during Peace Corps service.

Procedure

Time

Activities

Data Collection
20 minutes

1. Trainer divides participants in groups of five, asking that people get together with others with whom they have not worked.

 

2. Trainer gives the group the following problem posted on newsprint:

 

What information would you need to know if you arrrived three weeks after an experiment in germination was set-up, in a nursery and you are expected to take over the experiment? Trainer asks groups to make a list of all data they would need.

10 minutes

3. Have two groups meet together and combine their lists.

10 minutes

4. Combined groups present to large group their combined data sheets.

Trainer's Note:

The purpose of combining groups (making them large ) is to have groups experience what it will be like in the field, having people with the same information, but articulating it in a different way.

30 minutes

5. The combined groups are now given the task of designing a record keeping form. They must figure out how they can best do the task with such a large group.

 

The form developed is put on newsprint.

10 minutes

6. Groups take presentations and critique each others forms.

10 minutes

7. Trainer summerizes as follows using newsprint:

 

Data Sheet

 

a. careful layout

 

b. easy to read

 

c. easy to use

 

d. all on one sheet if possible

 

e. all data can he important

 

8. Trainer stresses once again the importance of keeping records during training.

 

9. Move from this exercise directly into the "Group Process" exercise.

Exercise II - Group Process

Total Time - 45 minutes

Goals:

- To explore the group process.

- To understand collaboration.

Overview

In this exercise experiential learnings and group collaboration are emphasized.

Procedure:

Time

Activities

 

1. Each group is instructed to discuss observations of the group process, both on a technical and interpersonal level. Sore questions that may stimulate discussion are:

   

a. What were the reactions of group members regarding various individual technical skill levels in the group?

   

b. Did people find it a help or a hinderance to work with people of different skill levels?

   

c. How were decisions made during the data/form making process?

 

A short discussion follows concerning the potentially positive (satisfying) or negative (frustrating) consequences of each type of decision-making technique. Trainer should point out that all the styles, with the exception of consensus, often preclude the full involvement and commitment of some group members, or ignore important issues that should be raised. Mutually-shared decision-making, termed consensus, is a positive alternative to other styles; although it may require more time and increased sensitivity to the individual group member it provides for the involvement and commitment necessary for group cohesiveness and cooperation.

   

d. That factors contributed to or impeded mutually shared decision-making?

 

2. Trainer presents a summary of various styles in group decision-making, including:

   

- The "pulp"

   

- Self authorization

   

- Handclasp

   

- Baiting

   

- Authority rule

   

- Majority vote

   

- Unanimous consent

   

- Consensus

 

3. Each group meets to discuss the styles of decision-making that characterized

10 minutes

their group during the record keeping exercise.

 

4. Trainer guides a summary of group conclusions concerning decision-makiny styles and group cooperation. Some points for discussion are:

   

a. The perceived value of different styles to facilitate accomplishing a group task,

   

b. The reaction of group members to various styles,

   

c. Observations of ways to improve group dynamics during training,

   

d. The application of such experience to the role of the volunteer in forestry extension work .