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Professional development of paraprofessionals in a Training-of-Trainers model

Fiering, T. (2014) Professional development of paraprofessionals in a Training-of-Trainers model.

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Abstract:In developing countries, there is a need for effective training programs aimed at improving the welfare of the population. The training-of-trainers (TOT) model is often used for these training programs in developing, poor-resources countries, because of its advantages in these countries with regard to the cost-effectiveness. The TOT model can be compared with professional development, because the goals are the same, namely acquiring educated personnel. Personnel is educated for dissemination of the learning content, but a big disadvantage of this model is the dilution of learning content due to training through different layers. By identifying factors which foster or inhibit the success a TOT based professional development program, the disadvantages of the TOT model can be minimized and the TOT based program can be improved. An exploratory study is executed in a TOT based professional development program in India. This study is focused on the master trainers (MT's) in the Sajag program who are educated in the field of child development through a professional development program. The findings presented in the current study, based on semi-structured interviews and a secondary document analysis, show that four factors have a significant influence on the success and the dissemination of a TOT based professional development program, namely the 1) support of facilitators, 2) new and relevant content of the program, 3) the alignment of the characteristics with the prior level and needs of the participants and 4) the structural use of sufficient assessment instruments have a prominent influence on the program.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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