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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 participants
About the resources needed for the course
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List of Articles available on this topic (15):
A Manual for Trainers of Small Scale Beekeeping Development Workers
Gentry, C., Rice, R.C., Sommer, C. & Wilburn, M.E.
Apiculture (Honey Beekeeping) Training Model
Audio-Visual Aids for Cooperative Education and Training
Audio-Visual Communication Handbook
Beekeeper Trainers\' Resource Book
Shukla, A. N.
Beekeeping Service and Development Centre - Informationa Leaflet
Beekeeping Training and Extension Support Project: Project Document
Beekeeping Training for Farmers in the Himalayas
Gurung M., Partap U., Shrestha N., Sharma H., Islam N., Tamang N.
Beekeeping Training Manual (For Beginners)
Final Report of the Workshop on Some Basic Elements of Beefarming at Cooperative College, Bamenda
How to run a small development project
Introductory Apiculture Course 34-221: The Biology of Honey Bees
Kevan, P.G. & Dabrowska-Miciula, E.
Opportunities for Training in Apiculture World-wide
Report of Training of Trainers Program on Modern Methods of Beekeeping and Honey Collection
Top Tips for Trainers. Principles of beekeeping training