20 credits at level HE4
In this module you will gain an understanding of reflective practice and develop tools and techniques to help you become a reflective practitioner. In addition, you will develop techniques that will help you to think critically about situations and events. You will agree a project to undertake that allows you to use reflective practice and critical thinking skills and techniques whilst undertaking the project. The project will be relevant to your workplace and in line with your personal / professional development plan or review. You will undertake all your work including your reporting of the project in an ethical manner ensuring you do not breech confidentiality, and you will gain approval of relevant personnel in your workplace in respect of all the tasks you undertake for this module.
• Reflective practice: Theories and concepts of reflection and reflective practice (e.g. reflection in action and reflection on action; De Bono); analysing dialogue for reflection and analysis; constructing and discussing hypothetical significant incidents in order to practice reflective skills; continuous improvement of practice through reflection and review; learning journal.
• Critical thinking: what is critical thinking; the need for critical thinking; dimensions of critical thinking; critical thinking skills.
• Ethical practice: Maintaining confidentiality and anonymity; sensitivity; integrity; seeking permission for project work from appropriate personnel in the workplace; working within relevant legislation (e.g., the Data Protection Act) and your organisation’s policies, procedures and practices; researching people: introduction to research ethics and the University approval processes.
• Study and academic skills: The stages and methods of conducting a literature search; strategies for conducting a literature review in order to establish research questions for the study; reading and interpreting a research report; ethical practice in data collection and analysis; data collection methods and evaluation of their usefulness; data analysis and interpretation (e.g., analysing narrative accounts, content analysis, descriptive statistics, interaction analysis techniques, analysing interpretative accounts; writing a report.
• Transferable skills: Communication; problem solving; ICT; self-management; working with others; project planning.
Some of the content relating to study / academic skills, reflective practice, ethical practice, and transferable skills are developed early in the Foundation Degree programme and referred to / refreshed in this and other subsequent modules as necessary. In the case of CPD stand-alone provision, they are explicitly developed in the teaching of this module.
A blended learning approach will be used which means that you will have face-to-face sessions as well as engaging in online learning. Specific teaching and learning methods will include case studies, lectures, discussions, debates and problem solving activities.
For your assessment you will use tools and techniques of reflective practice and critical thinking applied to a project that is in line with your Personal/Professional Development Plan / Review (PDP/R) and agreed with relevant personnel in your workplace and your tutor. You must undertake and report on your project in an ethical manner ensuring you do not breach confidentiality, so please discuss the nature of your project you intend to undertake for this module with an appropriate person in your workplace such as your line manger and gain approval.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Have demonstrated an understanding of reflective practice and used one or more appropriate models of reflective practice to assist you to reflect on experience.||
1.1 Research meanings of reflective practice and discuss how reflective practice can be used to aid learning related to professional practice.
1.2 Describe two common models of reflective practice and comment on their potential usefulness to your professional development.
1.3 Use one or more appropriate models of reflection to aid your reflection on an aspect of your work undertaken for this module.
|2.||Have identified your learning needs and targets in relation to working in offender services in line with your Personal/Professional Development Plan / Review.||Have identified your learning needs and targets in relation to working in offender services in line with your Personal/Professional Development Plan / Review.|
|3.||Have negotiated and planned a project that meets your personal and professional needs, which relates to your work in offender services, and which requires you to use critical thinking skills and approaches.||
3.1 Devise a project proposal and a plan for undertaking the project. This will identify timescales, people, resources, context, learning activities, intended learning outcomes, and presentation of work for assessment. The project should (i) be at HE Level 4, (ii) relate to your work in offender services, and (iii) require you to use critical thinking skills and approaches.
3.2 Agree the proposal and the plan in 3.1 above with relevant personnel from your workplace and your tutor.
|4.||Have undertaken the agreed project in 3.1 above, reflected on your learning journey, and reported your findings.||
4.1 Undertake and report on your agreed project (at Level 4) in an ethical manner giving due regard to confidentiality.
4.2 Use a learning journal to capture evidence of how you have tackled / approached different targets set during the PDP process.
4.3 Reflect on selected parts of your learning journey clearly identifying key learning points from having experienced the process of inquiry.
|5.||Have identified learning points from having undertaken work for this module.||
5.1 Identify key learning points from undertaking the project.
5.2 Explain how you have used critical thinking skills and approaches, and evaluate your use of reflective practice tools and techniques, when undertaking the assessed work for this module.
5.3 Describe how your work practices will change as a result of the learning undertaken for this module and justify the intended changes.
|6.||Have demonstrated academic skills at level 4.||
6.1 Demonstrate the following in your assessed work:
(i) appropriate structure and good presentation;
(ii) correct use of English (e.g., grammar, punctuation, spelling, style);
(iii) correct use of Harvard referencing;
(iv) theoretical knowledge appropriate to level 4
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||You will use tools and techniques of reflective practice and critical thinking applied to a project that is in line with your PDP/R and agreed with relevant personnel in your workplace and your tutor. You must undertake and report your project in an ethical manner ensuring you do not breach confidentiality. The project will be equivalent to 3,000 – 3,500 words.|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Bolton, G. (2001) Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development. London : Paul Chapman
Bowell, T. and Kemp, G. (2005) Critical thinking : a concise guide 2nd ed. London : Routledge.
Fisher, A. (2001) Critical thinking : an introduction. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press
Moon, J. (2006) A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning: Theory and Practice. London:RoutledgeFalmer. Myilibray. http://www.myilibrary.com?id=5227 [2 May 2009]
Moon, J. (2006) Learning Journals: A Handbook for Reflective Practice and Professional Development. London: Routledge. Myilibray. http://www.myilibrary.com?id=54938 [2 May 2009]
Thayer-Bacon, B. J. (2000) Transforming critical thinking: thinking constructively. New York : Teachers College Press: Columbia University
Bolton Interactive Study Skills Tutorials Online http://data.bolton.ac.uk/bissto/
Criminal Justice System for England and Wales http://www.cjsonline.gov.uk
Offenders' Learning and Skills Service http://olass.lsc.gov.uk
Prison Reform Trust http://www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk
The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) www.niace.org.uk
University of Bolton – Online Resources http://www.bolton.ac.uk/Students/StudyResources/ElectronicResources/Home.aspx
University of Bolton – Study skills booklets http://www.bolton.ac.uk/Students/StudyResources/Library/HelpGuides/StudySkills/Home.aspx
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