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Appendix B

Training Method #1: Presentation/Lecture/Panel Discussions


A lecturette is a term used for a brief lecture of no more than 15 to 20 minutes. Often these are made more interactive by using a call-and-response format such as interspersing questions to the participants in between lecture points made by the presenter.

For example, the trainer might ask, Which communities or populations are most impacted by SIDS?

After participants offer answers, the trainer could then validate the right answers, correct misinformation or wrong answers and then briefly summarize the take-home messages. In this manner, participants are acknowledged for what they already know while new and accurate information is offered by the trainer.

Another variation on the presentation method is a panel discussion. A group of experts such as SIDS parents, SIDS grandparents, health professionals or first responders, present their perspectives to the participants through prepared remarks or spontaneous answers to questions posed by a moderator or facilitator.

This approach can be made more interactive by allowing time for participants to ask questions or make comments. A moderator or trainer can model this interaction by asking one or two questions. Participants can also write their questions on index cards if the size of the training group makes it logistically difficult for participants to ask questions verbally.