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Undergraduate Course: Professional Practice Placement 3 (EDUA09006)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
Course typePlacement AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course will build on the knowledge and skills gained in Professional Practice 1 and Professional Practice 2. Through a combination of taught and practice elements, it will help students to develop their understanding of what it means to be a professional community educator in an increasingly diverse field.
Course description 1) Academic Description
This course will enable students to make connections between academic theory, professional practice and the student's own past, current and future professional development. In exploring the complex and dynamic relationship between theory and practice, students will be required to analyse and articulate their strengths and development needs and to learn how to take individual and collective responsibility for development. A major project in the practice element will allow students to demonstrate original and creative responses to problems and issues. The premise is that community educators need to be able to manage their own and others work, to exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in professional activities, and to work collaboratively to identify and resolve problems and issues in work settings.

2) Indicative Content
Negotiating a work programme
Critical Reflection on Practice Strengths and Development Needs
Critical Reflection and Recording
Learning from Supervision
Demonstrating Professional Autonomy
Professional Portfolio Building

3) Learning Experience
Students will have the opportunity to take part in 3or 4 synchronous online sessions using blackboard collaborate. Students will also participate in an online discussion board with peers and tutors; and compile an online journal with a portfolio of evidence visible only to their tutor.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically reflect on their contribution to development initiatives, and accurately describe their own professional development, achievements, skills and abilities through the completion of a professional development portfolio
  2. Analyse, interpret and understand issues affecting development in community education agencies and allied organisations, in relation to the socio-economic and policy context.
  3. Recognise the significance and impact of a range of factors steering development in agencies and organisations including aims, functions, structures and people management
  4. Systematically investigate the possibilities for progressive change in their own work setting.
  5. Articulate problems and possibilities in working collectively and collaboratively with colleagues to bring about desired changes in the practice settings
Reading List
CLD Standards Council for Scotland (2017)¿A Code of Ethics for Community Learning and Development (CLD),¿Glasgow: CLD Standards Council for Scotland. Available at:¿¿(accessed: 24.7.2020)¿

Bradbury, H, Frost, N. Kilminster, S, & Zukas, M. (Eds) (2010) Beyond Reflective Practice: New Approaches to Professional Lifelong learning, London: Routledge.

Davis, J., M. & Smith, M. (2012) Working in Multiprofessional Context: A Practical Guide for professionals in Children¿s Service, London: SAGE.

Forde, C., McMahon, M. & Reeves, J. (2012) Putting Together Professional Portfolios, London: Sage. ¿

Wood, J., Westwood, S. & Thompson, G. (2015) Preparation for practice Learning. In¿Youth Work: Preparation for practice, pp.¿11-25, Abingdon: Routledge.¿

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1) Apply Knowledge Skills and Understanding
Demonstrate competence in all areas of the CLDSC Key Competence Framework

2) Generic Cognitive Skills
Know and understand the agency and how it responds to community need
Understanding the professional role in practice
Critically understand the symbiotic relationship of theory and practice

3) Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others
Work autonomously as well as part of a staff team
Develop and support collaborative working
Evaluate and inform practice
KeywordsProfessional Practice,Critical Reflection,Professional Portfolio.
Course organiserMs Margaret Petrie
Tel: (0131 6)51 4788
Course secretaryMrs Alta Mene
Tel: (0131 6)51 6381
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