Education, Training, and Development

Adult Education Fundamentals

Curriculum Guideline Three

Court leaders who understand adult learning, a wide variety of educational methods, as well as differing learning styles and preferences can more effectively oversee Education, Training, and Development.  They ensure the best match between learners, teaching methods, and faculty selection and preparation.  Effective court leaders know and foster sound adult education practices.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of adult learning theories;

  • Knowledge of alternative education delivery mechanisms, including distance learning (e.g., computer self-instructional packages, video teleconferencing, satellite broadcasts, among other methods), multimedia, and supporting materials and processes;

  • Ability to improve access to judicial branch education through train-the-trainer models, particularly through distance learning;

  • Knowledge of sound curriculum and program development processes and models, including establishing outcomes, conducting needs assessments, stating clear learning objectives, and organizing program delivery around them;

  • Ability to oversee assessment of court user needs and to ensure that user needs are addressed in Education, Training, and Development programs;

  • Ability to foster programs  that comprehend the differing but related objectives of Education, Training, and Development;

  • Knowledge of NACM Core Competencies and ability to oversee their incorporation in learning needs assessments and judicial branch education;

  • Ability to implement faculty development, including a wide variety of teaching methods, teaching aids, and train-the-trainer models;

  • Knowledge of what motivates court employees, managers, and leaders and how personal development contributes to motivation;

  • Skill in encouraging presentations that take into account the knowledge, experience, ages, stages of the learning process, and the talents of both the faculty and the learners;

  • Skill in using judicial branch education to support succession by identifying the learning needs of judges and staff in leadership positions and those in associated and supportive roles;

  • Ability to identify and use faculty with diverse experience and knowledge and from diverse cultures.

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