Impact of the training program of Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. Program in mainland China on the program implementers

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Authors: Daniel TL Shek, Xiaoqin Zhu, and Chingchit Chau
Page Range: 53-64
Published in: International Public Health Journal, 16#1 (2024)
ISSN: 1947-4989

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ABSTRACT

The present study used subjective outcome assessment as an evaluation strategy to investigate participants’ perspectives on a training program of a positive youth development program entitled “Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. Project.” A sample of 150 respondents from secondary schools throughout mainland China were asked about their perceptions of training content, trainer performance, their own performance, and supportive services by filling in an evaluation questionnaire. Results showed that the participants overwhelmingly viewed the training program and trainers to be very positive, and they also perceived the program to have positive impact on their teaching. Besides, there were no significant differences in the evaluation between instructors in junior secondary schools and those in senior secondary schools. Consistent with previous findings, there were positive correlations amongst the different dimensions of subjective outcomes. Additionally, our findings indicated that the quality of the program emerged as a strong predictor for both training benefits and participants’ overall satisfaction. Together with prior evaluation findings on training, the present results suggest that training workshops in mainland China were well received by potential program implementers who perceived they acquired useful knowledge, attitude and behavior through training and the training program empowered them and promoted the teacher quality of life.

Keywords: Training evaluation, Chinese adolescents, mainland China, Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. Project, positive youth development

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