The starting point
Facilitation differs from other modes of training in many ways. Based on our understanding, one of the key differences is that facilitative training is not seen as simply passing on knowledge and skills by giving lectures, for example. Instead, it is viewed as a complex process in which group interaction, reflection and sense-making play a central role.
This involves tapping into the group as a learning resource. In order to make the most of the potential of any learning group, trainers need a thorough understanding of group dynamics, familiarity with different modes of working, and a number of key qualities and skills.
Above all, though, successful facilitation of learning in groups depends on deeply held attitudes and values related to the aims of education, the roles of teachers and learners, and the educational climate that a teacher helps to create in his/her classroom.