In the first week of April we took part in a course for the “AdA certificate”. AdA stands for “training of trainers”.
The course was conducted directly after our last theoretical phase at the DHBW Mosbach by an external service provider. The topics that are necessary for the professional suitability were worked on. It is about professional as well as professional and work pedagogical skills, knowledge and abilities. According to the AEVO (Ordinance on Trainer Aptitude), proof of this is required, which we have provided with the AdA certificate.
In concrete terms, we have worked on the following topics:
We started with the legal foundations relating to training. This is about the laws and regulations that must be observed in training. These could be, for example, the Vocational Training Act, the Youth Employment Protection Act and the Training Regulations. For this purpose, case studies were also made, which come directly from practice.
We then worked out how the training can be planned and organised. The training framework plan, which is the guideline for the factual and time structure, plays a major role here. This defines the topics that must be taught during training.
In order to convey the learning contents in an individually suitable way, the corresponding methods and pedagogical means must also be known. That is why we have studied the different types of human learning and teaching methods. It is particularly important to select, plan and implement a suitable teaching method for the content. This is precisely why individual learning methods were compared with each other in order to be able to select a suitable method.
In order to prove the learning content, we also had to take an examination. This examination was divided into a theoretical and a practical part.
In the theoretical, written examination, above all, the legal foundations and the learning methods were questioned.
For the practical, oral examination, we had to draw up a concrete instruction concept for one area from the training framework plan. This includes, among other things, the indicative, rough and fine learning targets as well as the chosen instruction method. Of course, this had to be based on the newly acquired knowledge.
The concept was then carried out in the practical examination with an actor trainee. Afterwards, questions about our concepts or the other topics were asked.
In this course we had a lot of fun and learned a lot that is important for the training. The various learning methods are also an instructive experience for us personally and help us to progress in our everyday lives and in our studies.