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Participatory Workshops: A Sourcebook of 21 Sets of Ideas and Activities [Paperback]

Robert Chambers
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1 May 2002 1853838632 978-1853838637
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.

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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (1 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853838632
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853838637
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'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

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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).

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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute goldmine 4 Nov 2009
By Laura
I bought this book alongside another 'workshop ideas' book and the difference between the two was striking. This book isn't flashy, but it is densely packed with ideas that have clearly been tried and tested. I used some of them immediately in some training I ran and they worked great. I found that the book reminded me of some techniques and tools that I had forgotten, or not thought about using in a workshop setting, and gave me the confidence to try out some of the crazier ideas too! The notes on cultural contexts were really useful too. If you are interested in participation or even already an experienced trainer I'd strongly recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Need a kick start or just a bit of inspiration? 9 July 2010
A "how to" book with lots of tips and alternatives for most eventualities. Even as a experienced presenter and facilitator, I have dipped in and out of this useful book and found things to try first time or things I have not done for a while and tried again. Something for almost every situation.

The only thing I did not like was the excruciatingly poor graphics which I found irritating, but this is probably just personal taste.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting ideas 18 Feb 2011
By Stephen
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I bought this book having been asked to run a workshop for around 20 people at senior management level, based in Eastern Europe. It certainly provided some interesting ideas that were clearly based on practical experience in a non-European setting (there are many references to possible cultural landmines). The material is pretty densely packed and I found it best to dip into the book rather than trying to read it cover to cover. I am not sure that I shall be able to use many of the ideas in the specific workshop I am to run but some can certainly be adapted. Another reviewer mentions the poor graphics. I would go further. The overall design of the book could in my view use a complete makeover: page layout is cramped and the typeface too small for easy reading - another reason to dip rather than read in full.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful, clear book packed with ideas 1 May 2006
This is a great book with good tips and techniques for opening, running and evaluating participatory sessions. It's written in a fun, engaging way; the author speaks from his experience and appreciates the difficulties of successfully making this work! It's an inspiring, enthusiastic, supportive handbook.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 2 July 2013
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Some great ideas for workshops with icebreakers included. Used it many times and would recommend for any person carrying out training.
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