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Undergraduate Modular Scheme - Playwork (PL) Module Descriptors 2005-06

PL301 Playwork Education and Training

Code and Title PL301 Playwork Education & Training
Tutor(s) Leonie Labistour
Brief Description This module encourages students to undertake a critical analysis of a number of systems for the education and training of playworkers at various levels
Level and Credit Value III: Single. 15 CAT Points
Status Optional for BA (Hons) in Playwork
Type Distance Learning
Prerequisites None
Recommended Prior Study PL206 Sociology of Play, PL210 Play and Playwork Principles 2
Restrictions N/A
Availability N/A
Context Playwork, as an emerging and expanding profession has begun to develop its professional qualifications. The knowledge and skills gained in this module will be useful for students with a staff development responsibility, or who are working in, or considering entering the education and training field. The module complements PL109 Play & Playwork Principles 1, PL210 Play & Playwork Principles 2, PL303 Contemporary Issues in Playwork, PL304 Ethics and Professionalism in Playwork and PL333 Dissertation if the focus is on education and training.
Content Summary The module involves critical study of the following key areas: an historical perspective of the development of playwork education, training and qualifications; the current framework for playwork education and training; the theoretical basis for approaches to training, competence-based assessment and National Occupational Standards and higher education; the varying approaches towards curriculum for playwork education, training and qualifications; quality assurance systems including SkillsActive (e.g. Code of Practice, National Register of Trainers, endorsement of training and qualifications, approval of products, the National Network of Playwork Education and Training); Awarding Bodies; QCA; FENTO; Inspections systems; Universities; QAA.
Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
By the end of the module students will be able to:
i. Show an understanding of the current framework for playwork education, training and qualifications and how this impacts on the work of playworkers;
ii. Critically evaluate approaches to different models of training, learning, competence and assessment within the context of the playwork sector;
iii. Critically evaluate approaches to the development of a playwork curriculum;
iv. Show an understanding of the quality assurance systems in playwork education, training and qualifications and how they impact on the work of playworkers.

The learning activities associated with this module are intended to develop the following skills:

Transferable skills
i. Writing and communication
ii. Evaluation and interpretation
iii. Distil the essential parts from a collection of academic and professional literature.

Subject skills
i. Analyse the current framework for playwork education, training and qualifications from an historical, sociological, pedagogical and sector perspective.

Teaching and Learning

Students receive subject specific resource guides supported by directed independent study.
Contact time Residential School (on-line staff-student tutorial/student discussion): 20%
Independent study

Assessment 100% coursework essay (4000 words) negotiated topic
Further details of assessment can be found in the module guide.
Indicative Resources

Biggs, J. (1993) The Process of Learning New York: Prentice-Hall
Bright, B. (ed) (1989) Theory and Practice in the Study of Adult Education London: Routledge
Entwistle, N and Ramsden, P. (1993) Understanding Student Learning London: Croom Helm
Erant, M. (1994) Developing Professional Knowledge and Competence. London: Falmer Press
Fry, H., Ketteridge, S. and Marshall, S. (1999) A Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education London: Kogan Page Ltd
Lave & Wenger. (eds) (1991) Situated Learning: Legitimate Peripheral Participation: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Minton, D. (2000) Teaching Skills in Further and Adult Education. Thompson Learning.
Reece, I. and Walker, S. (2000) Teaching Training and Learning: a practical guide Sunderland: Business Education Publishers Limited
Rust, C. and Gibbs, G. (eds) (1997) Improving Student Learning Through Course Design Oxford : Oxford Centre for Staff Development

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