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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 23 Tips for Trainers: card sorting on the ground


Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 23 Tips for Trainers: card sorting on the ground minutes for sorting, giving a total of 15-45 Introduction minutes, depending on topic and numbers of people. Writing on cards and sorting them into lists, categories and relationships is becoming a Procedure common method in participatory training, workshops and practical analysis. It allows all · Clarify the purpose and procedure (paired participants (providing they can write) to share or small group discussions can help their ideas and wishes, usually anonymously, thinking before writing); with others. · Invite all individually or in small groups to write down on the cards with a separate In the classic traditions, a facilitator arranges card for each idea/question/wish etc.; the cards on a wall or board, asking for · Cards are thrown down on a large open suggestion and comments from the group. space with plenty of room; Often the facilitator stands while the others sit. · All take part in sorting and grouping the This can be slow and tedious and the facilitator cards on the ground. More cards can be may `facipulate' the process. added; · As cards are grouped, write the title for Instead, facilitators are now ...

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