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Practice Education is the teaching, mentoring, supporting and assessing of social work students, social care staff, qualified social workers and other allied professionals for the purpose of developing competence and raising the quality of service for users and carers. This programme will enable you to extend and develop your initial competence in supporting the professional learning of others. On successful completion you will be able to demonstrate a high level of capability and a critical in-depth knowledge of the subject area. WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? This course is suitable for social workers and other related professionals in health and social care organisations, including those in the following roles: - Practice educators of pre and post qualifying students in social work education - Freelance practice assessors, trainers and consultants - Learning and development staff in public sector organisations - Academics concerned with Practice Education - Mentors and coaches in social care organisations. The course may also be of benefit to health mentors, community workers, criminal justice workers and learning enablers in private, voluntary and independent agencies within the health and social care sector. WHAT WILL I GAIN FROM THIS PROGRAMME? This course helps equip experienced, qualified social workers, as well as those with academic and professional 'mastery' of practice education. It will involve enabling, facilitating and practice assessing others, providing consultancy, demonstrating a high level of capability and presenting a critical in-depth knowledge of the subject area. In addition you will learn comprehensive research skills and develop an ability to influence and promote change in your organisation and other professions. WHAT WILL I STUDY? The first three 20 credit modules are delivered in year 1. These modules are linked to the management of work-based learning including the identification of learning needs, methods of assessment and the development of effective teaching and learning strategies. One of the key teaching and learning methods is via the use of supervision in the workplace and you will critically examine models of mentoring and supervision as you develop further skills in reflective practice and self evaluation. Assessment and appraisal of learners against agreed criteria and a sound evidence base will be critical to participation in these three modules. This is because and they require you to be working with or have access to an appropriate practice based learning environment with responsibility for the practice education of a professional learner. You will be observed in practice by a suitably qualified educator and you will provide a portfolio of work, based on the practice education of a professional learner Modules offered in year 2 build on the teaching and learning provided in year 1, extending the key theories of adult learning and teaching, particularly those relating to motivation and professional development. You will examine teaching and learning styles together with instructional design and learning materials development. Using this knowledge you will then learn how to use these skills and knowledge in creating high quality learning environments and develop the leadership skills required to support and promote education in practice. Year 3 of the programme has its focus on research. Researching Practice Education will provide teaching in research design, methodology and planning, enabling you to produce a research project concerning to an aspect of practice education and deliver a related oral presentation. You will access teaching in project report writing, writing for publication and conference presentation skills. HOW WILL I STUDY? The programme will be delivered through lead lectures, workshops, seminars, Action Learning Sets, group work and critical debates to provide a framework to underpin the development of critical thinking and sharing in the learning process. The approach w

Practice Education is the teaching, mentoring, supporting and assessing of social work students, social care staff, qualified social workers and other allied professionals for the purpose of developing competence and raising the quality of service for users and carers. This programme will enable you to extend and develop your initial competence in supporting the professional learning of others....

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