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.

Understanding Learners in the Further Education Sector

Understanding Learners in the Further Education Sector

The focus of this chapter is the diverse demography of learners in the Further Education and Training Sector, henceforth referred to as FE, including vocational learners, those on courses such as A level and Higher Education (HE) programmes, post-16 programmes for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, as well as those on 16–19 study programmes; their needs, aspirations and motivation. The chapter will explore issues which are often inherited from the schools sector, including disengagement, demotivation and problems regarding English and maths within the context of the raised participation age. The effects of the lack of parity of esteem, or equality in status, between vocational and academic education will also ...

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