American Journal of Creative Education

Volume 1, Number 1 (2018) pp 27-29 doi 10.20448/815. | Research Articles


Initial Meeting: Criteria for the Selection of Adult Education Training Techniques

Thomas Georgas 1 , Georgios Giannoukos 2 Ioannis Stergiou 2 Sotiria Kallianta 2 Vasilios Hioctour 2 Michael McCormick 1 
1 Institute of Education, University College London, UK
2 Second Chance School, Greece


The first contact of the trainer with the trainees is a very important moment during a program. Its outcome will determine whether the trainees are interested in the program and will get actively involved and on the other hand, if the trainer himself feels he is acting in a creative environment that will affect his/her performance during the program. For this reason, a text that will describe and give guidance for the first meeting must be carefully designed, considering of all factors for an effective kick-off meeting.

Keywords: Adult education, Adult educator, Trainer, Initial meeting.

DOI: 10.20448/815.

Citation | Thomas Georgas; Georgios Giannoukos; Ioannis Stergiou; Sotiria Kallianta; Vasilios Hioctour; Michael McCormick (2018). Initial Meeting: Criteria for the Selection of Adult Education Training Techniques. American Journal of Creative Education, 1(1): 27-29.

Copyright: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License

Funding : This study received no specific financial support.

Competing Interests: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

History : Received: 8 June 2018 / Revised: 29 June 2018 / Accepted: 4 July 2018 / Published: 12 July 2018 .

Publisher: Online Science Publishing


Before we address the goals, it is advisable to record the factors that affect the initial meeting.

  • Characteristics of the trainees.
  • The duration of the program.
  • The content of the program.
  • The personality and skills of the trainer.


There are three main goals that every trainer who is about to carry out an initial meeting should have in mind:


A. Interviews

3.1. The First Technique Proposed are Interviews

Detailed description of the process:
1. The trainees are grouped in couples. The members of each couple are asked not to know each other and to have as many different characteristics as possible (gender, age, occupation, etc.).
2. The couples discuss for 10-15 minutes aiming the two members to get to know each other.
3. Pairs create fours. In the quartet, each participant presents the person with whom he was grouped as a couple during face A and speaking as though he was the other member of the couple.
4. Each quartet then designates a representative for the plenary.
5. The activity is completed with a brief discussion, asking: "How did you feel?" Encouraging group members to talk about their feelings in a specific and personal way and not in general. Enhancing formulations like: "I liked ... I felt good" and asking for formal formulations like: ".. I think we all went well", to be avoided.
6. Evaluation of the activity in terms of achieving the goals.

3.2. Prerequisites for Applying the Technique

• We always start such an activity with the statement that there is no intention of exposing or ridiculing anyone and that participation is not mandatory (Rogers, 1999).
• We respect the cowardice or the reservation of any member to engage in such activities. We ask of these members to help us as observers.

What is the Purpose of this Activity:

• Building group spirit.
• The acquaintance of the learners.
• Creating a climate of reciprocity, trust and cooperation.

B. Editing required for the Program

The following technique is proposed for the inaugural meeting, given that trainees do not have any kind of training in adult education.

3.3. Detailed Description of the Process

1. The trainer shares the text of Alan Rogers's interview with George Kolauzidis, to the four-person groups (quartets) (Kokkos, 2005).
2. The trainees process the text, and note whether they agree or disagree with Rogers's answers.
3. As soon as each group finishes the above step, they present their results to the plenary.
4. There follows a general discussion and synthesis of the different views from the trainer.

3.4. Prerequisites for Applying the Technique

• The trainer has studied the interview and has highlighted any key points on which the trainees can prepare some homework until the next meeting. The trainer can also point out elements of the interview that will create a link with the following session.
• If there is time left from the first 5 hours, the trainer can ask any trainee who believes he was passed up by the "team obscurity" to present his or her own comments on the interview and to conduct a dialogue.

The Purpose of this Activity is:

• To provide trainees with a first general overview of the program-based issues that the trainer will present, and thus better understand its objectives (Knowles, 1978).
• Express their attitudes and moods.
• To gain a sense of direct participation in the learning process.


Taking into account time availability, the theoretical background of the trainees and the abilities of the trainer, we believe that the two above-mentioned techniques will create the necessary learning climate and the trainees will be introduced to the content and methodology of the program from the very first meeting.


Knowles, M.S., 1978. The adult learner: A neglected species. 2nd Edn., Houston: Gulf Pub. Co., Book Division.

Kokkos, A., 2005. Adult education methodology: Theoretical framework and learning conditions. Volume A. Patra: Hellenic Open University.

Rogers, A., 1999. Adult education. Athens: Metaichmio.

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About the Authors

Thomas Georgas
Institute of Education, University College London, UK
Georgios Giannoukos
Second Chance School, Greece
Ioannis Stergiou
Second Chance School, Greece
Sotiria Kallianta
Second Chance School, Greece
Vasilios Hioctour
Second Chance School, Greece
Michael McCormick
Institute of Education, University College London, UK

Corresponding Authors

Thomas Georgas

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