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Facilitator Handbook: Holistic Learning

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Planning experiential, inspirational and participatory learning processes. Fostering a collaborative and diversity-conscious attitude in facilitation for goal-oriented and methodologiocally competent planning. Handbook for educators/teachers/facilitators

Aims of the tool

Supporting teachers, educators, facilitators and activists to plan and implement competency-centered learning. The handbook explains how this can be achieved by keeping knowledge, skills, attitudes, the existing social environment and the needs of individual learners in a balance. It helps with a hands on planning approach and selected methodological examples and cases.

Especially it takes the aspects of civic competencies and empowerment for gaining civic competencies into consideration.

Description of the tool

Competencies are shaped best through processes that include a broad range of learning opportunities, such as incorporating knowledge, learning by doing, reflecting on specific actions, and cooperative learning. This allows for a conversation between self-driven activities and methods of facilitation that include participants and groups and all their diverse needs, experiences, and expertise.

We introduce with this book a planning approach and the building blocks for such a holistic learning experience. Furthermore, we explore how “facilitation” adopts a different attitude from a classical model of teaching.

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Tool overview

Facilitator Handbook: Holistic Learning

This tool is for

Educators, Teachers, activists, youth workers or other facilitators empowering and supporting learners in becoming competent, self-responsible and active social individuals.

and addresses

Social Inclusion, YOUTH in ACTION (YiA) programme, Personal Development, Peer education, Youth Participation

It is recommended for use in:

Capacity Building

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Nils-Eyk Zimmermann and Elke Heublein for the Competendo partnership project

in the context of

the frame of the Competendo toolbox

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Nils Zimmermann (on 14 August 2018)

and last modified

9 April 2018

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