What are the main features of the PALS?
At first, I thought that PALS is just a mixture of group work and field work, and it is just like symposiums discussing the debating what we’ve learned. However, it turns out that PALS is more effective in improving teamwork. It is not a single activity, but covers the whole process of learning, and ensures that every participant can absorb knowledge from literature reading, and interact with each other. After I have an over-all understanding of some ideas and concepts like convener, CPD measure, it will take me more time to apply them in our daily life. So we can tell that PALS is not a common conversation, but an innovative way of studying.
The main feature of PALS is combining theory with practice. Learning by doing is one of the primary forces of evolution. Even the most primitive creatures like dinosaurs learn their living skills such as haunting and fighting from their own experience, let alone advanced creatures like human beings. After loads of practices, we can carry on with good methods and refrain from bad methods. And that’s why PALS attach great importance on practice. Successful training must be generalized to the job condition and maintained for a period. The factors influencing the transfer of training include training design factors like whether it is didactic-oriented or experiential-oriented in the program, as well as work environment factors like supervisory and peer support and constraints and chances of performing learned skills in the job context. PALS did well in increasing the rate of transfer of training, encouraging all members to put up with questions and present their studying. Students are greatly inspired by the process.