Facilitate first thyself: The person-centered dimension of facilitator education

Thomas, Glyn (2008) Facilitate first thyself: The person-centered dimension of facilitator education. Journal of Experiential Education, 31 2: 168-188.

Author Thomas, Glyn
Title Facilitate first thyself: The person-centered dimension of facilitator education
Journal name Journal of Experiential Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1053-8259
Publication date 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 31
Issue 2
Start page 168
End page 188
Total pages 21
Formatted abstract
This paper discusses the role of the person-centered dimension of facilitator education, which emphasises the attitudes, personal qualities, and/or presence of a facilitator. An overview of person-centered facilitator education, as described in the literature, is provided to enable the interpretation of the findings of a study that explored the theories and practices of facilitator educators. Operating within the interpretivist paradigm; and using a naturalistic inquiry approach, thematic analysis was used with semistructured interviews, participant observation, and graduate surveys. The findings confirmed the importance of helping emerging facilitators to develop high levels of self-awareness and a better understanding of how to manage their presence in the group. The possibility of person-centered facilitator education acting as a form of psychotherapy was flagged as a potential issue even though this was not the case in the programs observed. The study also highlighted the importance of informing emerging facilitators, before enrolment in a program, that some participants may find person-centered facilitator education challenging and confrontational. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
Keyword Attitudes
Perssonal qualitites
Facilitator education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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Created: Tue, 17 May 2011, 20:26:46 EST by Dr Glyn Thomas on behalf of Teaching & Educational Development Institute