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Application Plan and Evaluation

The intent of this exercise is to help you apply this cluster of skills in a real-life, out-of-class setting. Now that you have become familiar with the behavioral guidelines that form the basis of effective skill performance, you will improve most by trying out those guidelines in an everyday context. Unlike a classroom activity, in which feedback is immediate and others can assist you with their evaluations, this skill application activity is one you must accomplish and evaluate on your own. There are two parts to this activity. Part 1 helps prepare you to apply the skill. Part 2 helps you evaluate and improve on your experience. Be sure to write down answers to each item. Don’t short-circuit the process by skipping steps.

Part 1. Planning

  • 1.

    Write down the two or three aspects of this skill that are most important to you. These may be areas of weakness, areas you most want to improve, or areas that are most salient to a problem you face right now. Identify the specific aspects of this skill that you want to apply.

  • 2.

    Now identify the setting or the situation in which you will apply this skill. Establish a plan for performance by actually writing down a description of the sit- uation. Who else will be involved? When will you do it? Where will it be done?

Circumstances: Who else? When? Where?

  • 3.

    Identify the specific behaviors in which you will engage to apply this skill. Operationalize your skill performance.

  • 4.

    What are the indicators of successful performance? How will you know you have been effective? What will indicate you have performed competently?

Part 2. Evaluation

  • 5.

    After you have completed your implementation, record the results. What hap- pened? How successful were you? What was the effect on others?

  • 6.

    How can you improve? What modifications can you make next time? What will you do differently in a similar situation in the future?

  • 7.

    Looking back on your whole skill practice and application experience, what have you learned? What has been surprising? In what ways might this experience help you in the long term?

SOLVING PROBLEMS ANALYTICALLY AND CREATIVELY

CHAPTER 3

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