The fourth module of the four-day Curriculum globALE training programme on the topic “Methods of the Adult Learning and Education” organised by the DVV International Georgia Country office, was held in Tbilisi. The aim of the module was: to introduce adult learning methods; analyse methods in relation to adult learning theories; understand the criteria for using methods depending on the situation; practice the methods and, of course, recall the modules learned and make connections between them. The programme was led by the visiting doctor in the field of psychology, trainer/consultant in social skills, Ms. Thea Gvelesiani.
The training programme was opened by presenting the goals, process, and content. After defining the expectations and agreeing on the working rules, time was devoted to an introductory exercise because mobilisation, warm-up, and creating a positive environment should be taken into account from the beginning and it is a necessary prerequisite for further training.
The fourth module of the programme covered such issues as advantages and benefits of methodological diversity; method selection criteria; the practice of planning activities to start trainings; review and typology of methods (lecture, role-play, case, energiser), their connection with the theoretical basis discussed in the second module; with Kolb's learning cycle and other theoretical principles); lecture/advantage and disadvantage; use of visualisation tools; brainstorming method; practice method; facilitated discussion; role play - the essence and principles of the method; advantages and risks of using the method - showing and discussing the film for educational purposes; “World Café” method; trainer as moderator; De Bono's 6 Thinking Hats Method; specifics of online learning.
After each lecture session and various practical tasks, the trainer discussed with the participants the advantages and benefits of the methods, the possibilities of their modification to make the approach acceptable to a specific group, and to find an effective way for the trainer to achieve the goal. Thus, each discussion rotated from stage to backstage and vice versa.
The culmination of the final day of the training was the development of a training programme with small groups which included thinking over the topic, using methods related to the topic, practical exercises, energisers, and also, the correctly defined working hours.
To summarise, the advantage of methodological diversity allows trainers to be flexible with the members of a particular group, at the same time, the trainer must be prepared in many ways to be able to analyse the group's demands, needs, change the plan, stay on topic and successfully complete the work schedule. During the learning process, it is impossible to understand the issue with only one method because it is necessary to use different methods or even combined ones to complete the learning process. The fourth module of the training programme turned out to be as diverse and interesting as the variety of learning methods allowed it.
As usual, at the end of the training, the directors of Adult Learning and Education (ALE) centers participating in the training programme, adult education coordinators of state vocational colleges, employees of the Georgian Adult Education Network (GAEN) and DVV International Georgia Country office were given a certificate of participation for the fourth module.