Previously published as: Training Strategies for Tomorrow
Online from: 2003
Subject Area: Learning and Development
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|Title:||Supporting lone parents: experiential training techniques in distance education|
|Author(s):||Spyros Papadakis, (PhD Student, Hellenic Open University, Patras, Greece), Iosif Fragoulis, (Tutor, Hellenic Open University, Patras, Greece), Niki Phillips, (Tutor, Hellenic Open University, Patras, Greece and is Head of Human Resource Development, Bank of Cyprus, Greece)|
|Citation:||Spyros Papadakis, Iosif Fragoulis, Niki Phillips, (2008) "Supporting lone parents: experiential training techniques in distance education", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 22 Iss: 5, pp.9 - 11|
|Keywords:||Distance learning, E-learning, Experiential learning, Learning organizations, Open learning, Parents, Single people|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/14777280810896381 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – This paper aims to study the possibility of delivering experiential training techniques through distance learning, targeted to lone parents and to present the early implementation findings. It also aims to present the potential benefits of participative techniques when combined with new technologies used in distance training programs targeting single families.
Design/methodology/approach – Techniques such as direct discourse combined with questions and answers may be implemented in a virtual environment of consultative support. Trainees, from their job or home, log on to a site of consultative virtual structure, using their personal computer and the internet. Technology allows them to chat with one or more participants, through text, sound and even video.
Findings – Research findings showed that trainees responded positively to the proposed training tool. They creatively exploit participative techniques during their distance training.
Practical implications – Lone parents are often limited in their availability to participate in face-to-face training programs and have fewer chances of lifelong learning in a classroom form. They are often confronted with transport difficulties and time restraints. Thus, distance learning with the use of new technologies may provide development solutions for this group of citizens.
Originality/value – The paper provides useful information on participative techniques during distance training for lone parents.
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