Self-Instructional Manual for Fieldworkers in Integrated Development Programs (Mentor Mix)

Code:    Proj-72
Date:    01/01/1977 - 12/01/1977
Duration: 12 Months

The Mentor Mix is a package of self-instructional modules for field-workers in the rural areas. The package was developed according to the new trends and demands for field-workers engaged in the family planning outreach program. With the Commission on Population (POPCOM) as its main client agency, the project targeted 7,000 trained unit leaders in eight pilot provinces all over the country. The Mentor Mix, which incorporated the Gestalt approach to learning consisted of: (1) The Mentor Mix Manual - introduction, instruction and guide. (2) The Mentor Mix Story-book - a programmed fable on population growth and the need for family planning. (3) The Mentor Mix Multi-forms Module - a programmed primer on the anatomy of the human reproductive system. (4) The Mentor Mix Multi-phasics Module - a programmed primer on the physiology of the human reproductive system. (5) The Mentor Mix Main Module - a comprehensive manual on oral contraceptives. (6) The Mentor Mix Picture Panels - programmed scroll-volumes on breast self-examination and the condom. (7) The Mentor Mix Microtape - an audiocassette cartridge with a programmed lesson and post-test on minilaparotomy, vasectomy, the IUD, the diaphragm, rhythm and spermicidal preparations. (8) The Mentor Mix Microtape Maximizer - a cardboard tablet consisting of visual guides to the use of the microtape. (9) The Mentor Mix Microcards - two cardboard braces containing programmed word-and-picture flash cards on the various contraceptive methods and devices. (10) The Mentor Mix Rumor Market - a programmed picture booklet on rumors about the pill and the condom. (11) The Mentor Mix Minilab - an appendix-box containing scissors, paste, scotch tape, a pencil, a note pad, a rhythm calendar, a temperature graph and actual specimens of oral contraceptives and the condom. An evaluation component determined the impact of the learning package. A total of 288 fulltime outreach workers (FTOWs) went through the learning experience. Preliminary findings showed (1) highly significant learning gains of the FTOWs in all modules, (2) a very high level of perceived usefulness of the package as reference material, reviewer, and a means to learn new information, and (3) a highly favorable attitude towards self-instruction along with lectures and group discussions.