Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Practicum 1

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education

DESCRIPTION Participants will be given a placement at an adult education centre and will teach for 15 hours. They will be assessed on their teaching skills, preparation and personal evaluation. They will be given three preparatory sessions, focusing on: see aims below. The purpose is to provide debriefing on key pedagogical issues involved in teaching adults which will be given importance in the evaluation of students performance during the practicum.

Initiative, innovation, competence in subject matter, resourcefulness, ability to listen and to generate participation all lie within the scope of the practicum and the preparatory sessions which will also provide insights regarding: (a) attitude; (b) remote preparation (clear objectives regarding what they intend to teach); (c) developing a healthy rapport with the host agency, the adult learners and the surrounding community; (d) adult education approach drawing on the learners’ concrete ‘existential situation’.

Study-unit Aims:

1. to help students devise and plan an adult teaching project;
2. to engage in a concrete teaching/learning situation with adult learners;
3. to help prepare resources for the teaching/learning encounter with adults;
4. to help students engage adult learners' experiences;
5. to guide students to identify and function within a specific adult learning setting.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. obtain first hand experience of teaching adults in an adult learning setting;
2. reinvent theory and other insights into practice and revise this theory and insights on the basis of this very same practice;
3. carry out adequate preparation for this purpose;
4. engage, alone or with others, in self-evaluation with a view to honing her or his adult education abilities.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. work and learn effectively with adults;
2. show an understanding of specific communities of practice;
3. engage the learners' and, when possible, the surrounding community's background;
4. investigate/research the community where the learning takes place;
5. identify what captures the learners' and communities' imagination;
6. transform the above (5) into an educational experience.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main texts:

- Brookfield, S. D (2001) Understanding and Facilitating Adult Learning. A Comprehensive Analysis of Principles and Effective Practices (reprint edition) , Milton Keynes: Open University Press. (Main text).
- Vinepac (2008) VINEPAC Validation of Informal and Non-Formal Psychopedagogical Competencies of Adult Educators, Brussels: EU; Timisoara, Romania: VINEPAC/University of Timisoara. (can be obtained online free ( (Main text).
- Vella, J. (2002). Learning to listen, learning to teach: The power of dialogue in educating adults. NYC: John Wiley & Sons.

Other texts:

- Benseman, J. (2005) Participation. In English (Ed.) International Encyclopedia of Adult Education, Basingstoke, UK and New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.
- Cranton, P. (2013) Transformative Learning. In Mayo, P (ed.) Learning with Adults. A Reader, Rotterdam, Boston and Taipei: Sense Publishers.
- Egan, J. (2005) Facilitation. In English (Ed.) International Encyclopedia of Adult Education, Basingstoke, UK and New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.
- English, L. (2005) Practitioner. In English (Ed.) International Encyclopedia of Adult Education, Basingstoke, UK and New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.
- Mayo, P. (2014) Learning with Adults. The Role of Practice in the Formation of Adults. Concept - The Journal of Contemporary Community Education Theory, Vol. 5, No. 3, (open access) Accessed 27 September 2015
- Practicum Evaluation sheets Dept. of Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education, 2007 (available to all students)
- Rogers, A. (2004) Teaching Adults, Milton Keynes: Open University Press.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Placement

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Placement SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Carmel P. Borg

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