The Complete Facilitator's Handbook,: Volume 1 Paperback – 1 May 1999
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Combining a strong theoretical content, including a comprehensive group dynamic theory, with a repertoire for practical action this guide provides the foundations for building effective and successful skills to suit the facilitator's personality and closely match situations encountered.
About the Author
John Heron was the founder and director of the Human Potential Research group at the University of Surrey until recently. He is now a training consultant.
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Perhaps if you are already a facilitator or experienced trainer, some of this will not be new to you. However, I imagine it would prove to be a useful addition to any library.
A book that is designed to convey the message 'i am very clever' was bound to be full of over complicated language but there are other problems too.
The writing is truly awful.
1. Concepts arrive abruptly often with little relation to the previous section.
2. Nothing flows easily - one is constantly re-reading sections to try and get the sense of an idea that could have been expressed simply.
3. Almost no examples, explanations or contexts are provided.
4. John constantly muddles his post-modern political speech-making as literal fact - nearly everyone seems to be a victim of horrible OPPRESSION - all this in a text book!
5. the books overall organisation is very confusing (a problem that flows from it being comprised of seperate books with subjects that don't obviously relate to eachother and little thought appears to have been given to this)
6. John delights in meaningless diagrams that make no sense. Why are negative influences on a group in a triangle?
In amongst all the needless grandiosity, daft speeches and pointless diagrams there are some nuggets here for any facilitator - but you'll have to work hard to find them.
Anyone reading this book cannot fail to see that John's worst enemy is clearly himself.
It assumes that every student is "damaged" and needs nurturing. I can only guess that this book is aimed at psychologists, as if I attempted some of the activities such as entering a discussion with my students about what learning should take place they would probably laugh me out of the class or hang me.
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