Explain how to establish ground rules with learners to promote respect for others. Explain how to promote appropriate behaviour and respect for others.
According to Petty, (2004) group members are more likely to be committed to adhering to ground rules they have established between themselves. In my view establishing ground rules at the start of the learning process ensures that everyone is aware of what is required in terms of respect for each other. Agreeing the ground rules as a group also stimulates the learners to think about the process they used to establish them, therefore the process is just as valuable as the rules are themselves. Ultimately the group should be able to identify a shared view of appropriate behaviour based around the rules they’ve identified. This can be amplified when the teacher or group facilitator encourages the learners to take ownership in selecting their own ground rules as Petty, (2004) suggests.
Within my current role I am very time constrained and the training is specifically structured. Therefore I am limited to give a verbal overview of the benefits of creating an effective learning atmosphere by encouraging people to respect each other and maintain confidentiality during the course. If I had more control of the programme in my work and had the authority to add additional sections into the training I would set aside specific time to establish ground rules from the outset. An example of what I have done in the past with a group is give each individual three post-it notes and asked them to write one ground rule on each. I would encourage them to be positive rather than negative. The rules would then be stuck on the board to be reviewed and agreed. Finally I would say that the ground rules were a living document that could be re-visited or added to at anytime. This method has worked really well and in most cases was very successful compared to sessions where no ground rules were established. According to Gravells (2008,...
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