Thesis (UNI Access Only)
Photographic industry--Safety measures; Employees--Training of--Evaluation;
The topic for investigation of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a train-the-trainer workshop in hazard communication for the photofinishing industry. The purpose of this study was to determine if the workshop had a measurable effect on the participants' ability to conduct training as demonstrated through (a) a change in the on-the-job behavior of the participants, (b) achievement of the learning objectives of the workshop by the participants, and (c) a positive reaction to the workshop by the participants. If it could be shown that attending the workshop increased the participants' ability to conduct training, the train-the trainer approach may be considered a viable method of introducing hazard communication information into the photofinishing laboratory.
The quasi-experimental separate-sample pretest-posttest design was chosen for this study. Three instruments were used to collect data: (a) a pretraining and posttraining supervisor questionnaire, (b) a cognitive test, and (c) a reaction sheet. Supervisors of the workshop participants were asked to assess six behaviors of the trainees. The pretraining questionnaires were administered to each of the workshop participant's supervisors prior to the workshop. The identical instrument was administered as a posttraining supervisor questionnaire to each of the workshop participant's supervisors following the workshop. A t test for paired sample means was used to determine that there was a statistically significant difference at the .05 level between the mean scores on the pretraining and posttraining supervisor questionnaires.
A multiple choice format cognitive pretest and posttest were administered to the participants on the day of the training. The participants were randomly assigned to one of two groups. The first group of participants received the cognitive test as a pretest while the remaining group received it as a posttest. A t test for independent samples was used to determine that there was a statistically significant difference at the .05 level between the mean scores on the cognitive pretest and posttest.
A reaction sheet was administered to each of the participants at the close of the workshop. Using a scale from 1 to 5, each trainee was asked to rate 13 items in order to determine their reactions and feelings about the training. A one sample t test using a .05 level of significance was utilized to determine that there was a positive reaction to the workshop.
The results of this study provided statistically significant evidence at the .05 level that participation in a train-the-trainer workshop in hazard communication for the photofinishing industry had a measurable effect on the participants' ability ot conduct training. The incidence of training related on-the-job behaviors of the participants increased as a result of attending the workshop. The participants improved their knowledge of training by achieving the learning objectives of the workshop. Finally, the participants demonstrated a positive reaction to the workshop. The train-the-trainer workshop is a viable method of improving a participant's ability to train.
Recommendations include: (a) a similar study should be conducted in which long term (6 months to 1 year) on-the-job behaviors are examined in order to verify the long term effects of training, and (b) a similar study should be conducted utilizing different statistical methods of analyses which could explore the homogeneity of the inferences of this study.
Year of Submission
Doctor of Industrial Technology
Department of Industrial Technology
John T. Fecik (Advisor)
Scott C. Helzer (Co-Advisor)
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©1990 Judith Zaczkowski
Zaczkowski, Judith, "Evaluation of a train-the-trainer workshop in hazard communication for the photofinishing industry" (1991). Dissertations and Theses @ UNI. 839.