||Make learning easier. A guide for improving educational/training materials
||This booklet provides guidelines for improving the quality of educational and training
publications. The guide is based on lessons learned from an assessment of the strengths and
shortcomings of a sample of 50 FAO educational and training publications on a variety of
subjects, produced by various FAO divisions during the period 1978-1985.
The main objective of this guide is to make practical suggestions for developing sound and
pedagogically appropriate materials for use in training programmes and activities organized
by FAO. The guide’s suggestions are applicable to any type of educational or training
publication, regardless of the topic or subject-matter. It focuses on the educational
methodology and process of developing and producing materials for more efficient use by
both trainers and trainees, thus facilitating the learning process.
The guide includes a brief description of desirable characteristics of good educational and
training materials, as well as some suggested measures for increasing the relevance and utility
of training materials to be produced in the future. However, the measures suggested in this
guide are not exhaustive and, thus, do not constitute a checklist of all the things to do or
consider in preparing educational and training materials or publications. Throughout the guide
reference is made to certain FAO educational and training publications which are regarded as
having particular value for training purposes.
||Increased and more effective public and private investment in agriculture and rural development