Planning and Enabling Learning
The role of initial assessment is to identify individual needs so that their learning needs can be planned for and support can be put into place.
This is a crucial part of the learners learning cycle as shown below.
The Learning Cycle
• Identification of learning needs
• Plan learning to meet needs
• Train in accordance with learning plan
• Monitor and review progress/evaluate training.
If part of this process is missed it can lead to underachievement and learners not fulfilling their true potential so leading to low self esteem.
Petty (4th edition) p530 talks about how “Education ...view middle of the document...
Using trade specific questions help to get an understanding of the learners knowledge of the trade/course they are persuing. The team I work for interviews potential apprentices before they go for an interview with the employer so matching their personality and suitability is essential so that the learner is not set up to get rejected.
During the interview communication can be evaluated and their confidence and motivation.
Any health problems can be discussed in confidence so that support if required can be put into place.
Basic skills are the ability to speak, read and write in English and to use maths to function and progress at work and society. It is a crucial part of assessment . we use the BKSB programme that assesses the learner’s academic levels in Numeracy and Literacy, this enables the co-ordinator to signpost the learner onto the appropriate level of programme. For example: If a learner was working at a entry level 3 which is below the requirements for a level 2 NVQ programme with a level 1 key skills in application of number and communication, however with support the learner will be able to achieve the level 2 qualification.
I personally feel the BKSB does give an accurate reading of the learner’s academic levels for numeracy and literacy as detailed in learners written assignments and key skills projects, the ability of their BKSB level more often than not matches their competency in set activities throughout their qualification.
Learning styles help to ensure the learners learn quickly and efficiently during their learning program. Every learner is an individual and will have a preference to how they learn. For example I like to read and have the information in front of me making me a visual learner but I also enjoy hands on learning which is classed as kinaesthetic.
This links into Herrmans ‘whole brain’ model. (Petty Pg 149) He suggests there are 4 styles and that everyone prefers two of them.
The four styles are :
Theorist – The rational self
Innovators – The experimental self
Orgainisers – The self keeping self.
Humanitarians – The feeling self.
When planning for learners it is good to have a mixture of styles so adapting for all needs.
We use a VAK learning styles assessment but is considered not to be reliable which was proved by research by Coffield .
t and tutor on the learners preferred learning style (Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic) so when planning schemes of work and activities the learners styles are always considered to ensure maximum interest, concentration and individual needs, not everyone’s learning style can always be met due to the nature of the lesson, if it is mainly theory then the lesson would be tailored for visual and auditory learners and a practical session for a kinaesthetic learner.
Our approach to the nursery work based trial is similar to Bandura’s (social learning theory) (1977) p.22 that states that “Most human behaviour is learned...