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  • David S. Harris, Sr.
    From the Leadership Training Committee Guide….. Methods and Levels of Training There are three types of training situations: group training, personal
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      From the Leadership Training Committee Guide�..


      Methods and Levels of Training


      There are three types of training situations: group training, personal
      coaching, and self-study.

      Training by groups is the most common and the most effective method. There
      are occasions, however, when Scouting leaders cannot participate in group
      training, and it will be necessary to use another approach. Some leaders
      join at a time of the year when group training courses are not scheduled.
      The important thing to remember is that leaders need training as soon as
      possible, in the best training situation available. Leaders need to know how
      to do their jobs now, not six months from now. Adapt the training to fit the
      needs.


      Group Training


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      Personal Coaching


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      Self-Study


      This training method is the least desirable of the three because it has more
      limitations. It should be used only when neither group training nor personal
      coaching are possible. Such cases are rare. Self-study is used in instances
      where distance makes it necessary for the instructor to make contact by
      mail, phone, or e-mail.

      Please keep in mind that much benefit is gained from sharing opinions,
      ideas, and experiences during group training and personal coaching sessions.
      You are encouraged to use one of those methods if at all possible.

      In self-study, leaders study the literature on their own. Follow-up by the
      instructor is a must to determine if the leaders have a clear understanding
      of the program and their roles and responsibilities. A personal visit by the
      instructor (or correspondence as mentioned above) and review of the
      self-study questions after each segment of training is completed shows the
      leader that the instructor cares and is interested in the leader's progress.

      After each segment of self-study is completed, the instructor should try to
      arrange for either group training or personal coaching to complete the basic
      training.

      Follow this procedure for self-study:

      1. During your initial contact with the participant, explain how the
      self-study is conducted and determine what literature the participant has
      available.
      2. Furnish the participant with a copy of the self-study guide, the
      appropriate handouts, reference material, videos, and any necessary
      literature.
      3. The participants work at their own pace, completing the assignments
      indicated in the guide and answering the study questions. These are returned
      to the instructor.
      4. If at all possible, the instructor should make personal contact with
      the participant to review the study questions. This is an opportunity to ask
      questions that will provide feedback and clarify issues.
      5. Carefully review the study questions to determine if the participant
      has a clear understanding of the subjects covered. Keep in mind that the
      learning objectives are the same for all training.

      If the participant has missed a point or does not seem to understand a
      particular subject, make marginal notations that will direct the participant
      toward further study. When a study question has been answered particularly
      well, make some notation of praise.

      There is no grading system. Simply determine if the learning objectives have
      been met and if the participant has gained the desired knowledge and
      information. If not, guide the participant toward further study. When
      satisfied that the objectives have been met, furnish the participant with a
      training certificate for the appropriate session.

      6. Keep one copy of the study questions on file for future reference.
      You may wish to refer to an answer or one of your notations on a previous
      session.
      7. Return the original copy of the study questions to the participant
      along with the training certificate.
      8. List the training sessions completed on the Training Attendance
      Report. This is easily overlooked in the self-study method of training, but
      is very important so that district and council training records are kept
      up-to-date and accurate.
      9. When the participant has completed the basic training requirements
      and is eligible for the Trained Leader badge, arrange for this recognition
      to be given on an appropriate occasion where other leaders are present.



      Hope this helps�


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