Personal Development and Lifelong Learning Sector

Topics: Personal development, Lifelong learning, Learning Pages: 7 (2677 words) Published: August 21, 2013
Unit 5
Continuing Professional and Personal Development

In this assignment I will evaluate my own approaches to CPD, weigh up my strengths and developmental needs in relation to literacy, language and numeracy needs. This will be continued to develop my knowledge by using my own reflection and the feedback I have received from others. The outcome will be to establish a plan to identify the opportunities I have and want to take to address my learning needs. During the second part of this assignment I will analyse and compare the relevant theories, principles and models of reflective practice how these theories and principles can be applied to my own development as an autonomous learner. Identify and engage in CPPD opportunities and identify previous CPPD opportunities I have experienced, the good and the bad. To conclude in this part I will evaluate the impact of the CPPD to my own professional practice and identify any further developmental needs. In the final outcome I will analyse and compare the different teaching roles and contexts in the lifelong learning sector. I will go on to evaluate my own role and the responsibilities with reference to area of specialism and as part of a team. Finally analyse the impact of own professional, personal interpersonal skills on learners and others. Question one.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a process by which individuals take control of their own learning and development, by engaging in an on-going processof reflection and action (Whitaker, 2007) In critically analysing my continuing professional and personal development I have used a number of sources as follows: * CV

* Terms of Reference
* SWOT Analysis
* Managing work self audit
* Assertiveness auit
* Intelligence test
* Time management tips
* Stress management tips
* Minimum core handbook
* ILP’s with LLUK professional standards
* Year one optional unit with my personal professional development plan I initially started by looking what I ahd written on my ILP’s and reviewed what I had written for year one and in the summer in preparation for year two. I feel in just eighteen months my teaching knowledge has changed as I was never too sure what to write for these activities at the beginning, but with direction from my tutor and mentor I feel my year two ILP is more professional by using the LLUK professional standards. (Annex M) Due to completing this course and the fact I have been on my own in the centre during the summer months, I have completed majority of the teaching to complete the mandated hours for the course and self-development. This has played a major part in my main two developmental areas for year one’s goals. They were confidence and experience; I feel I have improved a great deal in these areas and plan to carry on doing so in the future. Looking at my SWOT analysis (annex E) I feel I have gathered a good number of things and included them on my ILP update (annex D) I do feel I have improved on reflection and perhaps I try to over complicate this as I often do with other areas. The feedback I have received from my tutor on last year’s reflections was positive so I think maybe trying too hard to create something and demanding too much from myself over this area. So overall I plan to continue keep attacking this area. One other area I would like to touch on my SWOT analysis in the threat column was I included my pregnancy. Now while this is something I am very happy about, it is something that will have a major impact on my career with possible skill fade while taking maternity. I plan on taking a year off work for maternity followed by leaving the Royal Air Force in the next couple of years and finally getting a new job in the lifelong learning sector. In the skills audits (annex’s F-L) I have completed, nothing really gave surprising results but they have identified areas which I thought I had achieved the right level but could work on to further e.g....

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