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Abstract

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.

Hypotheses

To test the hypotheses in this study, three instruments were used: (a) a pretraining and posttraining supervisor questionnaire (see Appendix B) designed to measure on-the-job behavior, (b) a cognitive test (see Appendix E) designed to measure the achievement of the workshop learning objectives, and (c) a reaction sheet (see Appendix F) designed to measure the reactions of the workshop participants. The data from these instruments were analyzed using a Ltest at the .05 level of significance. For this study, the following hypotheses were formulated:

H-i: Statistically, there will be a significant difference at the .05 level between pretraining and posttraining mean scores as measured by the pretraining and posttraining supervisor questionnaire instruments administered to the participants' supervisors.

H01: Statistically, there will be no significant difference at the .05 level between pretraining and posttraining, mean scores as measured by the pretraining and posttraining supervisor questionnaire instruments administered to the participants' supervisors.

H2: Statistically, there will be a significant difference at the .05 level between pretest and posttest mean scores of the workshop participants as measured on the cognitive test instrument.

H02: Statistically, there will be no significant difference at the .05 level between pretest and posttest mean scores of the workshop participants as measured on the cognitive test instrument.

H3: There will be a positive reaction to the workshop by the participants as measured by an average score on the reaction sheet instrument.

H 0 3 : There will not be a positive reaction to the workshop by the participants as measured by an average score on the reaction sheet instrument.

Statement of Need

The need for this study was based on the following factors:

1. Employers have a duty to provide a safe working environment for their employees.

2. Employee information and training is a legal requirement of the Hazard Communication Standard.

3. In the photofinishing industry, the person assigned to perform the training is generally a non-professional trainer unskilled in training techniques.

4. In order to determine whether or not the train-the-trainer workshop improved the participants' ability to train it had to be evaluated. There has been no research reported on the evaluation of workplace safety training utilizing the train-the-trainer method.

Year of Submission

1991

Degree Name

Doctor of Industrial Technology

Department

Department of Industrial Technology

Date Original

1990

Object Description

1 PDF file (VI, 109 pages)

Language

EN

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application/pdf

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