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The specialist international beekeeping organisation
Beekeeping training is frequently put in place as part of a beekeeping project. Consequently, it is important that the training is excellent. All training should include an assessment of what students have learned during the course. This element represents the key difference between simply offering information and proper teaching. A good teacher will take care to check whether the students have understood what they are being taught . Without assessment the trainer has no idea how much his students have understood and therefore cannot easily decide how to improve the training next time.
Many trainers will be training other trainers so in this circumstance it is doubly important that training has an assessment component. In this case trainers should assess the trainers' competence in both beekeeping and their ability to pass this knowledge on to the students. Training for trainers should also discuss how trainers in the field could assess what their students have learned. A good measure is whether people are better able to produce greater quantities of honey than before the training or that the quality of the honey is improved or that beeswax and wax products have been produced or that people are better able to sell the products they make.
Training designers should ask themselves the following key questions:
About the course
About the participantsWho is the training for? Who are the target group?
About the resources needed for the course
Bees for Development offer sponsored resource boxes for training courses in developing countries.
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