Option 4: Training Program Design Project
Purpose: This activity assesses your comprehension of course materials
Guidelines: You have been hired to consult at a large corporation/company on these TWO projects:
- Design a training course to help employees deal with gender issues at work.
- Write a training report reflecting how your course will improve understanding and ways of relating among employees and make recommendations.
TRAINING COURSE: (1st required part)
Imagine that men and women at the corporation gathered to discuss their observations, experiences, and concerns regarding gender relations at work and attend training. The participants in your training course represent management at all levels as well as diverse administrative, technical, and intern personnel. Imagine that 12 employees/participants introduced themselves to you and stated a problem they noticed at work. For example, your participants may cite a general problem such as pay and power differences or may state their experiences of gender identification.
Introduction of the Twelve Participants
Imagine 12 diverse individuals who elected to share their experiences with you and attend training with peers. In the first section of your training program, present each individual as follows: (Hint: use a heading with 12 subheadings to organize). These problems will be addressed in your training sessions to a larger, mixed group of employees gathered for training.
- Give each individual a name and identify him or her in your report with details including age, gender, ethnicity, and position (power level) at the corporation. Each participant’s identity descriptor should include a statement of the problems he or she has perceived at work. State the problems as if you are quoting the participant.Because this is an imaginary training group, you must place yourself in the shoes of each of your 12 participants and explain the problem from each unique perspective.
In response to the problems the participants/interviewees presented, create an eight-part/session course targeted to a larger, mixed employee group. Your course sessions are designed to help employees better understand and respond to gender issues.
For each of the eight training sessions, include the following: (use a subheading for each of the 8 sessions and subheadings for content within)
- TITLE:Give the session title (focus of the session).
- OBJECTIVES:State the session’s objective or objectives- (use objectives as identified in our course/learning).
- PROBLEM:State the participant problem(s) you will address in this specific session. Since there are 8 training sessions to cover 12 disclosed problems, you may find that some can be combined/generalized.
- 1 PEER JOURNAL AND 1 WEBPAGE: Name one peer reviewed journal article and/or module resources relevant to the issues brought up by the training participants; include the reference and title. Also, include a link to a relevant website that pertains to your training objective. Briefly state what it is. This article and website serves as additional resources for the training. For example, you could find a step-by-step guide on how to handle harassment or an article on the importance of gender sensitive communication in the workplace.
- ACTIVITY: Develop and describe the activity for the session. We learn from each other when we listen and reflect on the experiences of others. Create and describe, in good detail, an activity that will promote discussion among your participants. Use a variety of activities that promote empathy, action, and solutions.
FINAL TRAINING REPORT (2nd required part)
Your goal for the training PROGRAM was for participants to gain the knowledge and skills they need to return to work and effectively contribute to an environment that promotes respect, gender awareness, and efforts to balance power among men and women.
Final Training Report: Your goal for the training REPORT is to provide support for the necessity and benefits of your gender training to the company utilizing what you know about gender influences and issues (see below). Additionally, you will offer recommendations to the company to address the issues presented in your training.
**In designing your training program and in forming your training report to the company make sure to consider and include the following information to support your need and support for training in gender (generalize it to the workplace); identify key gender issues and expectations; state how your training will benefit the company; AND make recommendations as explained below.
- Culture and history: describe cultural and historical influences on conceptions of gender and other forms of diversity AND APPLY examples to the workplace.
- Gender differences: discuss research findings on gender differences and similarities in aggression, achievement, and communication; Apply ex to workplace
- Relationships: identify gender issues in friendships and romantic relationships
- Gender expectations: explain the impact of gender, gender role expectations, and gender stereotypes on work roles and physical and mental health; Apply ex to workplace.
Make recommendations: Describe four to six specific changes you will recommend to the corporate leaders that address the concerns presented by your training participants. Be specific. You can list these in bullet format, if you’d like.
This project is worth a maximum of 100 points. Your grade will be based on the depth, clarity, application, and details specific to gender issues.
Twelve participants: State the problems relevant to gender concerns at the corporation from the viewpoint of 12 participants who are taking your training (30 points).
Training program with eight sessions: Describe each session (30 points).
Final training report: Include four to six recommendations for the corporation (30 points).
Journal articles and Web sites: List journal article(s) and Web site(s) relevant to the project. Include citations and references formatted to conform to APA guidelines (10 points).