Becoming an effective trainer
By Gillian Squirrell

Specially developed and tested for use in non-traditional learning environments, Becoming an Effective Trainer will help:
  • staff and volunteers who are thrust into taking on training activities as part of their wider professional roles. You will find here a comprehensive guide and long-term source of reference to enable your development as an effective and confident trainer.
  • experienced trainers. You will find new ideas and information for developing your practice.

  • Becoming an Effective Trainer will encourage you to develop learners' learning skills and their personal awareness. This important new manual acts as:
  • a guide to a wide a range of groupworking, assessment and learning issues
  • a workbook with self-assessment and review activities to help you explore these issues and develop them within your own working context
  • a source of photocopiable exercises and activities for use with learners.

  • Becoming an Effective Trainer focuses on:
  • the roles of the trainer and learner and the essential skills for each
  • how to encourage groups to work more effectively
  • how to work with client self-assessment and action planning
  • marketing and programme evaluation.

  • Invaluable on its own, Becoming an Effective Trainer will also bring great benefits to anyone working with Gillian Squirrell's other manuals for developing learning activities for use in prison, probation, social and youth work settings, including professionals and volunteers who work in partnership with these agencies.

    A4 wiro. 208 pages. 978-1-898924-26-5. Published 1998. £27.95.


    The Learner and the Learning Process
    Learners' contexts
    How to inhibit and promote learning
    Adult learners
    The learning cycle
    The Role of the Tutor
    Promoting group, individual learning
    Responsibilities for programme, resource, learner and self-management
    Health and safety
    Equality of opportunities
    Essential tutoring skills
    Working With Groups
    Group functioning
    Dysfunctional and functional groups
    The roles of tutors and learners
    Common group management problems
    Working Together
    The physical environment
    Effective communication and interactions
    Groupwork techniques
    Looking at Assessmen
    Using assessment issues and tools
    Assessing learners' needs
    Formative assessment
    Encouraging people to take responsibility for their own personal development and learning
    Action Planning and Review
    Purpose, form and formats for use in various settings
    Setting success criteria
    Measuring and rewarding progress
    Marketing and Evaluation
    Application of strategies in personal development and learning contexts
    Examples of materials for use with learners
    Using learners' feedback in future programme development
    Team Working
    Roles of team members
    Value of working as a team
    Programme planning and course review
    Peer evaluation, support and training
    Being an Effective Trainer
    Drawing the threads together
    Summary of key learning points
    Action planning for developing as an effective tutor.


    "Particularly valuable... It is presented accessibly and balances theory and practice." Community Care.

    "An ongoing source of reference and help." Youthwork.

    "Promotes all the right messages."