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.

Professionalism and Professional Practice in Further Education

Professionalism and Professional Practice in Further Education

This chapter will use the deregulation of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in FE following the Lingfield Report into Professionalism (2012) to frame debates, both historical and current, around professionalism in FE. Professionalism and its significance to teachers working in FE will be discussed amidst the longstanding stigmatisation of vocational education and the concurrent struggle for FE teachers to raise their professional status and gain professional recognition within the education sector.

The place and value of FE teachers as professionals will be examined within the competing discourses of competent practitioner (Moore, 2004; Weber, 2007) and reflective practitioner set within a discussion on the marketisation of FE. Internal and external factors which potentially influence ...

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