Proffesional Practice


Context Related Learning 1

Gail Hickman

January 2010

Part 3 (summative)
Written report (1500)
The report should include the following:-
  1. A description of the selected key pedagogic issue.
  2. A brief outline of the learners on whom the issue impacts ie. Subject area of study, level of study, key characteristics etc
  3. An outline, with examples, of the nature and range of barriers that the issue creates for students learning in the subject specific area selected.
  4. A discussion of the positive and negative aspects of TWO selected teaching and learning strategies commonly used to address the issues.
  5. References: the text will be fully and accurately referenced using the Harvard Reference System.

The pedagogic issue I wish to discuss is that of the barriers to learning Special Educational Needs students have, after they have attended a mainstream school.   The students will have issues surrounding their education experiences in mainstream schools that will leave them with low self esteem, low confidence and unmotivated to learn.   These are the barriers to learning that the students have and the barriers that I, as their teacher, have to find strategies for to enable learning to take place.
The Special Education Needs and Disability Act 2001 states that:-
“SEN of children to normally be met in mainstream schools”.
This basically means that all disabled children should normally receive their education in a mainstream school.   The Disability Discrimination Act 2005 defines a disability as :-
                “a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and adverse affect on his ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities”.
This definition includes “invisible” disabilities such as ADHD, Aspergers and Autism.   These are the types of disabilities that my students have been diagnosed with and they will also have previously attended a mainstream school before attending the college where I work.   The...