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.

Empowering Learners and the Value of Learning

Empowering Learners and the Value of Learning

Ken Robinson has long been vocal about the crisis of marketisation in education, with particular emphasis on creativity, and in his latest book written with Lou Aronica, Creative Schools (2015), puts forward a compelling argument about the failure of the current education system to meet the needs of learners in the twenty-first century and calls for fundamental transformation in the how we educate young people in a complex era with significant socioeconomic and environmental challenges.

The aims of education are to enable students to understand the world around them and the talents within them so that they can become fulfilled individuals and active and compassionate citizens. (Robinson and Aronica, 2015: xx, italics ...

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