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.
Chapter 6: Quality Improvement, Observation and Professional Development
Quality Improvement, Observation and Professional Development
This chapter will concentrate on quality improvement, observation and professional development. Issues stemming from deregulation regarding Continuing Professional Practice (CPD) and Initial Teacher Education (ITE) provision for new teachers will be discussed. The role of observation in monitoring and enhancing performance will be examined. I will also explore teachers’ experiences of grading, reliability and potential inequality in observation.
This chapter will cover the following:
- A discussion on Total Quality Management (TQM)
- A critique of the practice of formal graded lesson observations
- An evaluation of ITE and CPD since deregulation
Neoliberalism can be well summarised by the words of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, when she famously declared in 1987 that: ‘there’s no [Page 73]such thing as society’. Neoliberalism is ...