Module XAE-1026:
Skills for Learning & Work

Module Facts

Run by School of Education and Human Development

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Nia Young

Overall aims and purpose

The aim of the module is to help the students to learn effectively and develop a range of key and transferable skills in context of their own personal styles and approaches. It enables students to identify their current strengths and weaknesses in setting personal targets as part of the process of becoming an independent learner. It will also focus on the oral and written communication skills needed to undertake a degree programme, and to help students understand their learning behaviour and that of others to gain motivation and confidence.

Course content

The module will explore a range of learning theories, including the intelligence theories of Gardner, Salovey, Mayer and others; and how these relate to the students’ personal learning styles. It will: • develop the students’ skills in context of reading and note-taking strategies; • summarizing, referencing and the effective use of online library services; • develop theoretical and reflective writing skills including reviewing, critiquing and evaluating texts. • provide opportunities for students to develop confidence in oral communication through presentations in seminars with peers; • investigate the effect of motivation on learning and help students to develop a critical awareness of their own learning and motivation and evaluate their learning experiences, successes and challenges. The module will link into the students’ Personal Development Plan.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

A satisfactory understanding of one’s own ability to learn effectively; an ability to research and present one’s work in oral and written presentations in an appropriate academic style and to an adequate standard. Be able to search for and refer to reliable sources and use as a basis for work. Show an understanding of useful skills for planning and preparing assignments.

good

A good understanding of one’s own ability to learn effectively; an ability to research and present one’s work in oral and written presentations in an appropriate academic style and to a good standard. Be able to search for and refer to a range of reliable sources and use as a basis for work. Show a good understanding of useful skills for planning and preparing assignments and make effective use of these.

excellent

A comprehensive understanding of one’s own ability to learn effectively; an ability to research extensively and present one’s work in oral and written presentations in an appropriate academic style and to a very high standard. Be able to search for and refer to a wide range of reliable sources and use as a sound basis for work. Show an excellent understanding of a range of useful skills for planning and preparing assignments and make appropriate choices for their use for a range of assignments.

Learning outcomes

  1. Appreciate the theoretical basis for learning and motivation, and understand the theories relating to multiple intelligences and emotional intelligence, and consider how different learning styles can be supported

  2. Apply the knowledge and understanding in developing their own skills in context of their own studies

  3. Develop academic research and writing skills appropriate to undergraduate study

  4. Develop confidence through oral presentations and investigating various communication styles

  5. Organize their learning and knowledge using a range of information sources and present their work appropriately

  6. Develop a critical understanding of own learning style(s), development and experiences

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
LOGBOOK OR PORTFOLIO Essay

Write an essay on the subject 'theories of learning' which includes a reflection on personal learning styles.

40
GROUP PRESENTATION Group Presentation

A group presentation based on the topic 'Theories of Learning'.

25
COURSEWORK Referencing Task

A short task based on referencing and citing sources using Harvard.

10
COURSEWORK Plan for a presentation

Write a plan for your part in a group presentation concerning theories of learning.

25

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Lecture

11 @ 2hours/week

22
Seminar

11 @ 1hours/week

11
Private study 167

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • apply multiple perspectives to early childhood issues recognising that early childhood studies involves a range of research methods theories evidence and applications
  • integrate ideas and findings across the multiple perspectives in early childhood studies and recognise distinctive early childhood studies approaches to relevant issues
  • constructively critique theories practice and research in the area of child development
  • generate and explore hypotheses and research questions relating to early childhood in an ecological context
  • the underlying values, theories and concepts relevant to education
  • the diversity of learners and the complexities of the education process
  • analyse educational concepts, theories and issues of policy in a systematic way

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