Developing an understanding of professional practice is essential for anyone training to teach in the further education and skills sector. This go-to guide will give you a clear understanding of the major topics covered in the mandatory Wider Professional Practice and Development unit of the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, and more broadly explores the value of professionalism to all aspects of further education. Key coverage includes:  • Understanding learners and attitudes to learning  • How to do action research  • Professional observation and development  • Making sense of education policy  • Teacher expectations  • Challenges to equality and diversity  • The inclusive curriculum These topics are discussed within a wider political and socio-economic context, and are supported by insightful case studies and activities. This is essential for anyone studying the Diploma in Education and Training, and recommended reading for related courses in the further education and skills sector.

Introduction

Introduction

This book has been written with the intention that it will be a valuable and practical textbook to suppo rt initial teacher education qualifications in further education (FE). When I first secured a post as a teacher educator, Wider Professional Practice was one of the first modules I was given responsibility for planning, teaching and assessing. It quickly became apparent that there was no key text to support this particular module. My research in preparation to teach this module over the years has taken me to several key texts, research papers, think tanks, policy documents and theorists and it has always been an idea of mine to try to collate this into a book. I have amalgamated the source material which I draw upon ...

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