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The TrainingZone LearningWire – Issue 32


The TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 31
18 January 1999
The Learning Community
Copyright (C) 1999 Sift plc. All rights reserved.
This material is distributed free to trainers, learners, managers
and coaches. It may be reproduced in any medium for
non-commercial purposes as long as attribution is given.

After the rush of news over the Christmas and New Year period, it's gone
surprisingly quiet this week. I've used the time to post several new
downloadable resources to the Toolkit area of TrainingZone. Meanwhile, new
registered subscriptions to both the site and LearningWire continue to
climb. Welcome to all new users. Please join others in sending me details
of news, events, useful websites and resources of interest to the training
and learning community.

Tim Pickles,
Editor, LearningWIRE and TrainingZONE

This month five new resources have been added to this expanding resource
library, all available for free download in Word format. We'd be pleased
to receive further contributions of learning resources, training programmes
and other materials to make available in the Toolkit in this way.
Contributors information is available at

Skills benchmarking
This briefing sets out how benchmarking applies to the voluntary sector
using an example of benchmarking of the Community Care Providers Scotland
to illustrate the value of the technique.

Six phases of a project
A simple and somewhat humourous handout listing the various stages in the
life of any project. Also included are the 'Seven Stages to Stagnation'
listing all the main arguments for resisting change in a similar manner.

Exploring your own sexuallity
A simple activity originally designed for use with groups of young people
and young adults as part of a sexual health pack.

What can you do?
A simple but challenging activity to help people understand the extent of
prejudice, oppression and stereotyping which some people in our community
experience. It usually provokes considerable discussion. Originally
designed for use with groups of young people and young adults as part of a
sexual health pack.

Stress Management
A guide to recognising some of the most common signs of over-stress
including a simple ready-reckoner to determine whether you're living with
too much stress. From Toolkit for Managers (Pavilion Publishing, 1999)


'Going to the Edge'
There is a call for papers and presentations for the 1999 annual conference
of the Organisational Development Network with the theme 'Going to the
Edge' Also published online are several of the papers from last year's
conference including detailed presentations on change management and
another on organisational development in a sustainable future.

TES Online supplement
Last week's issue of the Times Educational Supplement pull-out on computing
news is available for browsing online. There's a good guide to the BETT
'99 show (see the last issue for further information), and articles about
the relaunch of the National Grid for Learning and a large-scale programme
to train teachers in computing skills.


The Web Training Company
You may have noticed the new clever banners on the site promoting this
company. They provide a range of internet-delivered training programmes in
computing skills and professional development. During the launch period
there are some attractive deals for unlimited access to the materials

Communication Initiative
A highly attractive site launched last year which focuses on the use and
development of effective communication, particularly in the field of
development issues and sustainable development. The site provides a large
number of models and related papers about improving the quality of
communication. The Drum Beat is a regular email and web network.

America's Learning Exchange
A new electronic marketplace for individuals and companies to find
education and training resources for their own use. There's a wide range
of resources on the site but the navigation and search facilities could do
with improving.

Institute of Continuing Professional Development
Microsite at

Spring CPD programme at the University of Westminster
Full details are now available for the range of qualifying CPD events
organised within under the auspices of the Continuous Professional
Development Foundation and of interest to several professions including
engineers, lawyers and surveyors.

Our online events pages are now ready to be made live. All we need is
your input. So if you have conferences, seminars, courses or events which
you would like to let our readers know about, do get
in touch. Posting your information to TrainingZone brings it to the
attention of a highly focused group of people interested in training,
learning and staff developmentt. And for all you potential
participants at such events, keep watching the site and we will tell
you when the pages go live.

'Effective Staff Training in Social Care' by Jan Horwath and Tony
Morrison, Routledge, 1999.
Contributed by Penny Sharland (

This excellent book provides trainers and managers with a thorough and
indispensable guide to social care training for the new millennium.
Horwath and Morrison set out the organisational , professional and
emotional context of effective training and they provide practical and
theoretical material to back it up.

The chapter ongroup dynamics is particularly strong and persuasive. The use
of Vince and Martin's work (1993) on the psychological and political
contexts for learning in groups indicates a willingness on the part of the
authors to examine some of the more difficult aspects of uncertainty in
learning. Here too are some of the old favourites such as Maslow's
heirarchy of motivation set in a new training context.

It is refreshing to see sense made of some of the weightier organisational
development theories and learning organisation perspectives for the social
care sector. Lets hope that current and future social care courses will
make this compulsory reading. It will undoubtedly contribute to the
development of more skilled and sensitive practitioners in the 21st century
field of social care.

Only one slight grumble - the book itself is a traditionally typeset tome -
fully justified in Galliard font - that takes some prizing open. With all
the new looks around in the textbook world Routledge should experiment more
with new formats for superb material such as this. It deserves to be better

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