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By Jonathan Tummons

This confident and inspiring publication recognizes the anxieties and difficulties confronted via trainee academics in the united kingdom studying and talents region. It examines the questions of professionalism and values and ethics in the quarter, utilizing a number of assorted theoretical views to probe those key issues. moreover, daily examples and united kingdom case-studies are used to teach such matters in context. it truly is excellent examining for an individual who desires to comprehend the trainee's accountability to scholars, fellow academics, managers, and to different stakeholders

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This issue will be explored further in Chapter 6. A definition of quality For tutors, whether full- or part-time, whether working in a large college or a small community centre, quality assurance can be seen as being embedded in all aspects of professional practice. And while the procedures that surround it can sometimes be burdensome, the underpinning commitment to quality must surely be unquestioned. But if quality assurance is the process by which quality is maintained and enhanced, what is meant by ‘quality’?

This might be procedural: for example, organising learning support for students with disabil36 Continuing professional development ities; or related to teaching and learning, for example, the college may use lesson observations to highlight areas for improvement in the classroom (this last issue in particular is controversial, and will be discussed in more detail below). At the same time, colleges are aware of the changing needs of the curriculum and of any employers with whom they work, and will make time for CPD that allows staff to stay up to date in their subject.

Teachers in FE colleges have busy working lives, and there may be barely time enough to prepare lessons, assess students’ portfolios and deliver classes without attending training courses as well. Having spent many years working in industry and acquiring a battery of industry qualifications, and then having studied part-time for a Certificate in Education, surely now it is possible for a teacher to relax and take things a bit easy? CPD is, in fact, an important aspect of the FE teacher’s professional life.

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