Training Report

2010. June 14.

On April 15th, 2010 project-related training began for the featured project SROP-3.2.9-08/1/A-2009-0002 – Audio-visual Memory Collection. During the period wrapping up at the end of June, a total of approximately 100–120 persons will be trained. The next training period will take place between August and October 2010. (Unfortunately, it was not possible to complete the training within the originally planned three to five month period ending in June 2010 due to the protracted tendering process in the Central Hungarian region, so it was necessary to hold further training in October 2010.)

On April 15th, 2010 project-related training began for the featured project SROP-3.2.9-08/1/A-2009-0002 – Audio-visual Memory Collection. During the period wrapping up at the end of June, a total of approximately 100–120 persons will be trained. The next training period will take place between August and October 2010. (Unfortunately, it was not possible to complete the training within the originally planned three to five month period ending in June 2010 due to the protracted tendering process in the Central Hungarian region, so it was necessary to hold further training in October 2010.)

Nearly one hundred pages of support material to be used in the training was prepared by the Foundation for Research on East and Central European History and Society in cooperation with the Prelog Educational Services Institute which the teachers will receive together with material which briefly summarizes for the students the necessary information for the production of the historical interviews.

The training syllabus covers all the issues, which can arise while carrying out institutional projects. Topics covered include the history of oral history, technical aspects of interview production, the opportunities for the use of interviews in teaching, and the interpretation of the educational project titled SROP-3.2.9 – Audio-visual Memory Collection.

Of course, twice thirty hours is not enough to address every possible question. Therefore, for the preliminary planning for the mentoring activities due to start in September 2010 the training organization is asking, in advance and in writing, for the participants' views on what areas they foresee needing help in.

It is apparent from the training that has already been completed that the participating teachers find the answers and information, which may assist them later in the preparing students for the interviews. The feedback from participants has been largely positive. The participants appreciate the theoretical based knowledge they have received in order to properly prepare students involved in the project. Participants take the tasks pursued in the project very seriously. It is characteristic of the interest that many of those who have only been able take part in later training sessions that they requested to have the supplementary material sent to them in advance by post.

We worked toward tailoring the training to the format of the materials with many theoretical and practical training modules such as head-on instruction, large and small group practice, and group problem solving; all of which helped in thoroughly preparing the participants.


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