Teaching for better learning : a guide for teachers of primary health care staff / F. R. Abbatt, 2nd ed
Other TitlesEnseigner pour mieux apprendre : guide à l' intention des enseignants du personnel sanitaire de base
Enseñar a aprender mejor : guía para instructores de personal de atención primaria de salud
AbstractA comprehensive, step-by-step guide to teaching methods that can make the training of primary health care workers more relevant and effective. Noting that training courses often fail to prepare students for real conditions in the field, the book argues for job-oriented training focused on tasks, skills, and attitudes rather than on the memorization of facts from various academic disciplines. To this end, the book itself uses numerous practical examples and stories to anchor concepts and theories in real experiences, while exercises and tests help readers think through exactly what the job of the health worker involves on a day-to-day basis. Now in its second edition, the manual has been substantially revised and expanded following more than a decade of widespread use in over 30 developing countries. The manual is organized in four parts designed to help teachers decide on the course content, teaching methods, tests, and training materials that will best equip students to perform assigned tasks correctly and thoughtfully. Part one deals with the general problem of what students should learn. Individual chapters explain the importance of letting the job determine curriculum content, and show how an analysis of tasks and sub-tasks can be used as a method for deciding exactly what needs to be learned and should thus be included in the course curriculum. Chapters also illustrate areas of knowledge, often included in courses, that are irrelevant to job performance and therefore useless to students. Part two helps readers choose the best teaching methods for each part of the course and offers some advice on using each method effectively. General guidance on how to motivate students and make subjects meaningful to them is followed by chapters describing the specific methods that can be used to teach Part three, devoted to performance assessment, describes traditional and newer methods for testing whether students can perform the work for which they are being trained. Emphasis is placed on the strengths and limitations of the different methods for assessing decision-making skills, communication skills, and the ability to perform procedures correctly. The final part gives practical tips and advice on how to plan, write, produce, and evaluate learning materials, from single-page handouts for use in lessons, through to complete manuals which health workers can use after the course as permanent job aids
Abbatt, Fred R & World Health Organization. (1992). Teaching for better learning : a guide for teachers of primary health care staff / F. R. Abbatt, 2nd ed. Geneva : World Health Organization. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/39062
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