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Postgraduate Course: Work Based Learning Placement (EDUA11360)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course offers students the opportunity to engage in educational practice with community-based organisations in a variety of settings. The aim of the course is to develop the students' ability to engage in situated learning, applying their practical and theoretical course-based learning to develop the skills of the critically reflective practitioner. There will be a series of preparation workshops in which the work-based placement will be negotiated with the student based on their professional and academic interests and the availability of placement agencies who are best able to match their learning needs.
Course description Under the supervision of experienced educational practitioners, students will work within specific communities of practice, analysing the values, principles and practices of the organisation while taking on specific professional roles and tasks within the organisation. Students will be expected to apply principles of equity and social justice within the practice setting as well as examine the practice of the agency in relation to these principles. Students will also be expected to explore and understand the full context of the agency including its relationship to and with its community of participants and the wider policy terrain that it occupies.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. appreciate the impact of external factors on the work of the agency in terms of the economic, political and social context of the agency
  2. design and develop educational activities and interventions with people
  3. understand the importance of critical reflection in relation to professional development
  4. demonstrate a clear relationship between their conceptual frameworks and their understandings of practice
  5. review their professional learning and set future professional learning aims and objective
Reading List
Bradbury, H., Frost, N., Kilminster, S. and Zukas, M. (eds) (2010) Beyond Reflective Practice: New Approaches to Professional Lifelong Learning. Oxon: Routledge
Hodkinson, P. and Issitt, M. (eds)(1995) The Challenge of Competence: Professionalism through Vocational Education and Training, London: Cassell.
Illeris, K. (2011) The Fundamentals of Workplace Learning: Understanding how people learn in working life. Oxon:Routledge.
Schon, D. A. (1983) The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think In Action, London: Temple Smith.
Smith, M. (2016) Group work principles, theory and practice. [visited 31.3.2016]
Thompson. S. & Thompson, N. (2008) The critically reflective practitioner. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Wenger, E. (1998) Communities of practice: learning, meaning, and identity, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Vernon Galloway
Tel: (0131 6)51 6640
Course secretaryMs Mairi Ross
Tel: (0131 6)51 4241
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