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Participatory Workshops

A Sourcebook of 21 Sets of Ideas and Activities, 1st Edition

By Robert Chambers


240 pages

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This sourcebook is for all who work with others on participatory learning and change. Written in a spirit of critical reflection and serious fun, it provides 21 sets of ideas and options for facilitators, trainers, teachers and presenters, and anyone who organises and manages workshops, courses, classes and other events for sharing and learning ideas. It covers topics such as getting started, seating arrangements, forming groups, managing large numbers, helping each other learn, analysis and feedback, dealing with dominators, evaluation and ending, coping with horrors, and common mistakes.


'A lovely book.' Training Journal 'Excellent ideas, clear and concise.' Shari Howe, Training Specialist, Center for Field Assistance and Applied Research 'Next time you start designing a training programme for a community, take a look at this book first.' TerraGreen 'This delightful little book is…a smorsgabord of very practical activities combined with some lessons from experience for facilitators of participatory workshops.' Janet Hunt, Development Studies Bulletin 'Packed with ideas, many of which you will want to return to over time…this book should be on every teacher or facilitator's bookshelf.' 'One word of warning: don't lend this book to a colleague; you'll not see it again.' International Association for Impact Assessment 'The collection is well-organised and very well-written.' British Journal of Educational Technology

Table of Contents

Part 1: Brief Basics 21 Dos 21 Questions when Preparing for Participatory Workshops and Learning 21 PRA/PLA Behaviours 21 PRA/PLA Questions to Ask Oneself Part 2: Beginning, Middle and End 21 Ideas for Getting Started 21 Energizers 21 Ideas for Evaluation and Ending Part 3: Messing Up 21 Mistakes I Make in Workshops 21 Horrors in Participatory Workshops 21 Ways to Not Answer a Question Part 4: Groups, Seating and Size 21 Ways of Forming Groups 21 Arrangements for Seating 21 Ideas for Participatory Workshops with Large Numbers Part 5: Analysis and Learning 21 of the Best 21 Ideas and Options for Analysis and Feedback 21 Ways to Help Each Other Learn 21 Tips on How to Avoid Lecturing Part 6: Behaviour and Awareness 21 Activities for Attitude and Behaviour Awareness and Change 21 Tips for dealing with Dominators and Helping the Silent Speak 21 Tips for Surviving Participatory Workshops 21 Sources of Ideas for Trainers ad Facilitators

About the Author

Robert Chambers' other books include Rural Development: Putting the Last First (1983), Challanging the Professions (1993) and Whose Reality Counts? Putting the First Last (1997).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development