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Participants significantly prefer skill learning during trainings: Study
The secondary analysis of the reactions of the participants to a three-day training, in which skill learning sessions, process-analysis sessions and lecture or talk sessions were organized, revealed that participants significantly liked the skill learning session.
Teachers, educators and therapists of children with special needs attended three-day training recently at Disha on CRE programme in which the skill training of two-hours on visual support and drawing of visual symbols was imparted which was preferred most by the participants.

The next preference was of process analysis of various techniques, events or methods. This was like the second best liking of the participants. They like the part of a session which discussed the conditions and process of learning. The learning as a process was viewed as the steps consisting of providing experience; analyzing experience; generating and codifying knowledge both visually and through abstract symbols; practicing knowledge and internalising it to apply it or link it with the new knowledge.

The sessions with multisensory experience got the third preference, however they were found interesting. On the other hand, the lectures and talks were the least preferred sessions as indicated by the responses of the participants. It implies that during training lectures should be avoided. A proper training module needs to be developed in which 60 per cent weightage should be given to skill training, twenty per cent to process analysis of techniques and ten per cent each to multisensory experience through demonstration and lectures.

Also, the implication is that for training, the module should be developed followed by training of trainers first before mobilising them for training. This needs to be ensured that training needs are identified and analysed first in the forms of skills, techniques and demonstration so as make the training relevant and effective through training module development and its transaction.

In India, trainings are least researched and explored area, there is need that every training should be researched since the participants are a captive audience and can be a very reliable and inexpensive source of data and information.

Some trainings are evaluated routinely but no implications of the outcomes of various trainings are shared. There is a need to research trainings of various kinds that take place from time to time to add to the area of training as a budding knowledge segment.

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