Session III-6: Processing of field trip
Total time: 1 hour, 25 minutes
Overview: Upon return from the field trip, a session is held to process the experience. In this session trainees have an opportunity to share and discuss some of the technical information they received. Another important aspect of the meeting is the examination of the experience from the standpoint of utilization of resources, gathering and assimilation of new information which are areas that trainees may not have consciously considered before. By focusing on this aspect, they can make some interesting discoveries and exchange ideas that they will be able to apply in future situations. During this session, trainees are also encouraged to give some thought to their own comportment and actions during the trip in order to increase self-awareness, as well as help trainees who are not accustomed to thinking of themselves in a professional role become more sensitive to what this entails.
1. The trainer asks each trainee to take out a sheet of paper and write down what they feel would be five appropriate questions to ask on a quiz concerning the trip the took.
2. The trainer asks the trainees to exchange papers, and take 15 minutes to respond to the questions posed on the paper they receive.
3. The trainer collects the papers, then asks the trainees to give him/her an overview of what they saw/heard/learned on the trip. A group discussion should be facilitated which includes a brief description of the facility and personnel, the goals of the facility, and what is done to meet those goals. It should also include comments by the trainees about points they found especially interesting, and information they learned that they plan to apply directly to their own pond management. As part of the facilitation of this discussion, the trainer can refer to some of the quiz questions that the trainees have turned in to stimulate conversation or raise interesting technical points. (Note: This discussion should address technical material and insights into the aquaculture industry.)
4. The trainer asks the trainees to now give some thought to the trip from the standpoint of utilizing resources, collecting information, and filtering and assimilating that information.
5. The trainer asks the trainees to take five minutes and write in their notebooks a list of guidelines or points they want to remember about information gathering, filtering and assimilation to be applied when given the next opportunity.
6. The trainer asks the trainees to imagine that they are in the place of the resource person(s) with whom they met. What kind of day did he/she have? What impression did he/she have of the group, and by extension, of the Peace Corps? Allow a group discussion that includes some self-critique by the group regarding their own performance, manners, sensitivity, consideration, comportment, demonstrated respect, etc. In concluding the discussion, ask the group to summarize any special points they want to remember for next time in order to present themselves in the best light and promote a positive, professional image and write these on the board.
7. The trainer asks the two trainee facilitators to comment on the role they played. What did they do? In what ways to they feel they helped the group and the resource person(s)? What do they feel they could have done better? Are there any tasks they feel should be added to or deleted from the responsibilities of the trainee facilitators? Do they have any specific recommendations for future trainee facilitators? After the two facilitators have responded, open up the same questions to the rest of the group. Ask them what they found most and least helpful, and for any suggestions from their point of view for future trainee facilitators. (Remind them that they will all serve in this role at some point).
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