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.

Attitudes to Learning

Attitudes to Learning

This chapter will outline the history of the notion of intelligence and go on to explore attitudes to learning using research stemming from Carol Dweck’s theory of fixed and growth mindsets. This will critically examine the notion of ‘intelligence’ and how this can create a glass ceiling for learners by reinforcing the idea that ability is innate rather than developed through effort. This chapter stems from the need to challenge deterministic views about ability and ends with points to consider for inclusive practice.

This chapter will cover the following:

  • Notions of intelligence from past to present
  • An overview of attribution theory
  • Fixed and growth mindsets
  • Mindsets and praise
  • Developing growth mindsets in a learning environment
  • Creating a ‘can-do’ ethos
  • Mindset issues for inclusive practice
  • Resilience and disengagement

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