Dttls Unit 2.1 Continuing Personal and Professional Development
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Continuing Personal and Professional Development
The role of a teacher has changed considerably over the years in the past the teacher may have been perceived as being the fountain of all knowledge and the purveyor of information. I would like to think we are still the fountain of all knowledge but the way we deliver our courses has changed considerably. We no longer stand at the front of the class with rows and rows of learners sitting waiting for us to transmit the information to them.
As a teacher we are now the facilitator of knowledge. Our job is to guide the learners and allow them to take responsibility for there own learning. We are less likely to have students in rows in front of us and more likely to have…show more content… Then look at each of those parts and think why did it go that way?
Abstract conceptualization is when we come to a decision about what we would do differently next time. The way we would come to a decision is through further studying or staff development and reading the right literature.
Active experimentation is the conclusion of our abstract conceptualization stage and provides the platform that we can plan our changes. Once we have administered these changes we can then start the cycle again and have some new concrete experiences.
Kolb also described how Lewin’s action research and T-group training in laboratories was influenced by the concept of feedback that was used by electrical engineers. This feedback process involved concrete experience; observations and reflections; formation of abstract concepts and generalizations; and testing implications of concepts in new situations . The similarities with Kolb’s learning cycle (Beard, Colin; Wilson, John P.. Experiential Learning p.32)
One of the things that first brought my attention to this book was that I was looking for some inspiration on reflective practices in engineering which is my field and it’s for this reason that I discovered this section.
Gibbs Reflective Cycle
Professor Graham Gibbs has came illustrated his six stage cycle of reflection. In order for learning to take place Gibbs believes that the cycle below must be completed.