Sowing the seeds of learning, an improved way of learning, training and development for driving instructors.
When we trained to be a driving instructor, many of us learned via a process - by being conditioned.
Conditioning was often done via role play and many of us had unpleasant experiences with this. Some trainers implemented negative reinforcement, or even punishment, when a PDI offered an inappropriate instruction. Of course this was down to the way the trainer interpreted the instruction, and often had very little evidence to back up or justify their behaviour. For example, the PDI says 'depress the clutch' so the trainer starts talking into the footwell, telling the clutch what a horrible clutch it is! In some respects, this is ridiculous as the clutch is an inanimate object, and the trainer is making a joke, but at the same time it is belittling the PDI's attempts at instruction.
Clearly there is a point to be made, but it could be done differently. Asking the PDI: ‘how much do you want me to push the clutch down, could you show me to give me some idea?’ is a much more helpful answer and one that is unlikely to demoralise the PDI.
The problem with conditioning a person to respond in one way or another by punishment or reward, is that it is unlikely to produce a learner who can think on their feet, let alone an ADI who can help a learner think on their feet.
This is the reason Tri-Coaching Instructor Training was developed (TCIT). The course has been designed to be totally client-centred and bring ADI training into the modern era of learning.
If you are thinking about becoming a trainer; or, you are a trainer, who is repeating the old-fashioned style of training, based on WHAT subjects and knowledge to deliver, and not on HOW to deliver effective teaching and learning strategies, this is the course for you.