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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 14 A brief guide to training in participatory methods in the field

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 14 A brief guide to training in participatory methods in the field This section of the Notes provides training BOX 1 materials for participatory learning, exploring CHECKLIST: PREPARING FOR THE FIELD a different theme in each issue1. This article provides a range of examples of how to train in The host community · Does the community know when you will be participatory methods in a field setting, which arriving and how long you will be staying? is where the most important learning takes · Are the fieldwork dates convenient for local places. people? Are there important political or economic events or cultural ceremonies Preparing for the field that will draw people away? · Do they know why you are coming? · If it is just for training, do they know there is Preparing thoroughly for fieldwork is vital as no guaranteed follow-up? Will they still be this is where participants will practice new interested in accommodating the teams? methods and make mistakes. Good forward · If it is part of the on-going activities of the planning will ensure that their learning is not trainees' institution(s), are there resources disrupted by other factors. If you ...

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