Unit 7 Wider professional practice For this assignment I am required:
1. Write a critical reflection on the extent to which learning can contribute to the personal development, economic growth and community regeneration of your learners. Learning is the key to success - for each of us as individuals, as well as for the nation as a whole. Investment in human capital will be the foundation of success in the knowledge-based global economy of the twenty-first century. This is why the Government has put learning at the heart of its ambition. (1) The UK government published a Green paper “The Leaning Age” which is claimed to contain essential methods to transform learning. (3) The Learning Age (Cm 3790) (The Stationery Office, 1998) claims that if human learn throughout their life it can build their assets by encouraging creativity, skills and imagination. Dedication and devotion in learning is necessary for our future success. (3). The government can not force anyone to learn but encourage them. Learning helps people to get the skills and qualifications required for employment. It can increase our earnings. It can help people to participate in their community. It can open many doors and accomplish our potential. For the nation, learning will be the key to a strong economy and an inclusive society. It will offer a way out of dependency and low expectation towards self-reliance and self-confidence. (3) One in five adults have poor literacy and numeracy skills in the UK.(3) Therefore Functional skills which are literacy, numeracy and ICT are more and more introduced. Functional skills help people to improve their knowledge and skills in order to know when and how to use the skills and knowledge in real life contexts. (4) Gravell stated “Functional skills provide students with the essential knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and at work.” Gravells, Third Edition, pg 70) All teachers should be embedding Functional skill in their delivery. Therefore we teachers have to regularly do the literacy and numeracy exam in order to teach correctly and successfully. As a teacher I am improving my knowledge and skills through the DTLLS course. I am learning through my teaching practices. In completion of the DTLLS course I will become a fully qualified, professional teacher. It will me give me more opportunity to get a paid job and teaching job anywhere within the life long learning sector. 2. Write an analysis of how relevant government policies and initiatives impact on own role and teaching and learning within the lifelong learning sector. In 1996 Professor John Tomlinson was asked to research and report on educational provision for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities.(Scales, 2008 pg 274) However, his finished document had suggestions for all learners and mainly focusing on the development of inclusive education. The Tomlinson report (1996) encouraged a more student-centred approach which pays attention to all learner’s individual needs. So the educational providers duty is to understand their learners and think of ways to meet their needs which makes it the starting point for developing a responsive, ‘tailor made’ curriculum. Instead of the learner having to fit with existing provision, Tomlinson makes the case fitting the provision around the needs of the learner. (5) Tomlinson claimed that “By inclusive learning therefore we mean the greatest degree of match or fit between the individual learners’ requirement and the provision that is made for them.”(Tomlinson 1996:10) In 2003 Tomlinson reviews and made it clear that it applies right across the lifelong learning sector in worked based learning, adult and community learning, colleges and six forms. He reminds us that inclusive learning also applies to all learners, teachers and providers not only those with...
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