Planning Enabling Learning

Planning and Enabling Learning
Unit 2


Negotiating With Learners
The possible advantages to agreeing goals and actions with learners:
“A supportive and respectful relationship between your learners and yourself will ensure that realistic goals and targets are agreed, and how their progress will be assessed and recorded” (Gravells and Simpson 2011)

The use of differing delivery methods (Inclusive Learning Methods):
Macolm Knowles (1913-1997) developed the notion that adults learn differently to children and introduced the term “andragogy”: the art and science of helping adults learn. He suggested that adult’s prior experience can be influential and a valuable resource in their continued learning.
John Dewey (1859-1952) promoted that authoritarian learning was failing children and suggested an approach facilitating various activities. The above two theories is reinforced by Neil Fleming’s work developing his VARK theory which works out how an individual learns best, as we are all different in the way we learn. The VARK method asks a series of questions to determine whether the learner responds best to Visual, Audio, Read/Write or Kinaesthetic stimuli.
The above 3 methodologies in context to my work suggest that I need to have a blend of different teaching styles to involve all my learners. With the majority of my learning taking place on a 3 day course it is essential that I pre-assess my learners to ensure that I understand their needs prior to the beginning of the course as it will be too late to make wholesale changes once begun, however minor on the fly changes such as extending one activity when it is promoting group discussion will be achievable.

Functional Skills
Whether I can/need to incorporate functional skills (integrating Function Skills):
While the information from Gravells and Simpson (2011) is very useful and I fully understand why in an FE environment there needs to be effort concentrated onto it, in my office...