Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9781861347176 Published March 2006 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781861347169 Published March 2006 For sale in North and South America only

Promoting Workplace Learning

Neil Thompson

Promoting Workplace Learning
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Neil Thompson

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

179 pages | © 2006
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9781861347176 Published March 2006 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781861347169 Published March 2006 For sale in North and South America only
Workplace learning is receiving increasing attention as an important factor in developing high standards of professional practice. This book provides a valuable overview of the key issues involved in successfully promoting workplace learning.Building on ideas discussed in the author's best-selling work, Practice Teaching in Social Work (Pepar Publications, 1994), this clearly written text covers not only developments in traditional practice learning, but also wider aspects of workplace learning, such as coaching and mentoring, and the development of a learning culture. It examines what is involved in promoting student learning for awards such as S/NVQ or PQ, and contains invaluable guidance for those facing wider challenges in the field. Promoting workplace learning provides a clear introduction to a vitally important topic. It is an essential resource for learning facilitators, assessors, mentors, training and development staff, and managers in the social work field. The principles discussed will also be relevant to managers and human resource professionals in other sectors.
Contents
Preface
Acknowledgements
Notes on the author

Introduction
    Developing a learning culture
    Human capital
    The importance of leadership
    Changes in the context of learning
    Broadening the focus
    A note on terminology
1. Understanding learning
    Introduction
    Practice learning opportunities
    Patterns of adult learning
    Problem-based learning
    Learning as personal growth
    The organisational context of learning
    Barriers to learning
    Spurs to learning
    Conclusion
2. Teaching and assessing values
    Introduction
    ‘Slippery’ values
    Tackling discrimination and oppression
    Learning strategies
    Assessing values
    Conclusion
3. Reflective practice
    Introduction
    What is reflective practice?
    Affirming diversity
    Developments in reflective practice
    Promoting reflective practice
    Barriers to reflective practice
    Conclusion
4. Coaching, mentoring and supervision
    Introduction
    Coaching
    Mentoring
    Coaching and mentoring within supervision
    Good practice in coaching and mentoring
    Supervision
    Conclusion
5. Planning
    Introduction
    Practice learning
    Planning for learning
    Conclusion
6. Workload management
    Introduction
    Allocating workload
    Managing a heavy workload
    Conclusion
7. Evaluating practice
    Introduction
    Assessing student performance
    Methods of assessing performance
    Meeting the challenge of student assessment
    Conclusion
    Positive and negative indicators
8. Troubleshooting: dealing with difficulties
    Introduction
    Using support
    Dealing with problems
    Conclusion
9. Conclusion
 
Guide to further learning
    Introduction
    Recommended reading
    Journals and periodicals
    Training resources
    Organisations and websites
References
Index
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