Module Information

Module Identifier
ED39020
Module Title
Offender Learning
Academic Year
2017/2018
Co-ordinator
Semester
Available semesters 1 and 2
External Examiners
  • Dr Alan R Dowler (Director - Learning and Development Unit - Cardiff University)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Assignment 1 - Essay  2000 word analysis and evaluation of teaching context in relation to legislation, policies and guidance.  40%
Semester Assessment Assignment 2 - Case Study  3000 word xase Studies – case studies of three learners, analysing their background, context and needs, and developing individual teaching and learning development plans for each. [The ethical responsibilities of the trainees in conducting this assignment will be addressed in Unit 1 – The introduction to the Sector and the Module, as well as in the assessment handbook and preparation seminars.]  60%
Supplementary Assessment Assignment 1 - Essay  All failed elements of the assessment must be re-taken if the student’s average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40%. This will require the re-submission of the assignments, having addressed issues raised in the feedback process.  40%
Supplementary Assessment Assignment 2 - Case Study  All failed elements of the assessment must be re-taken if the student’s average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40%. This will require the re-submission of the assignments, having addressed issues raised in the feedback process.  60%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Understand and evaluate the legislative framework relating to offender learning.

Examine and analyse the systems, policies and politics that impact offender learning.

Identify and examine a variety of learning and teaching methods and strategies which are suitable for use within this context.

Formulate and justify best practices for working within the offender learning context.

Brief description

This module will begin by providing an overview of the prison education sector, taking into account the political and policy drivers which impact that environment. There will be a consideration of the curricular and governmental requirements in this context, and analysis of the impact that this may have on the learning and teaching process. The second part of the module will focus more directly on teaching and learning, considering rehabilitation, individualized learning, and the core aspects of planning, assessing, and teaching in the specific context and environment of the prison. The module will also consider issues of safe practice.

Content

Each unit will comprise of two hours combination of lectures and seminars.
Unit 1 - Introduction to the sector and module, including ethics.
Unit 2 - Political arguments relating to education in prisons
Unit 3 - Contractual performance measures relating to learning and skills
Unit 4 - Ministry of Justice policies and requirements
Unit 5 - Organisational structures and the impact on teaching and learning
Unit 6 - The rehabilitative learning journey.
Unit 7 - Personalised learning
Unit 8 - Planning, assessment and provision for offender learning (1)
Unit 9 - Planning, assessment and provision for offender learning (2)
Unit 10 - "Jail Craft" - working safely in a prison environment

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Statistical reports may be considered and data to support arguments may be analysed.
Communication This will be developed both in seminar discussions and in preparation for the assessments
Improving own Learning and Performance This will be a core skill developed within the module, with a clear emphasis on self-evaluation, where the students will be expected to consider impact on their own practice.
Information Technology All assignments will be word processes and students will be required to utilize IT resources in the research of their assignments.
Personal Development and Career planning Reflection activities during seminars will be used to encourage personal development.
Problem solving Students will consider how to address specific issues within their own contexts and practice, and develop the skills to address this in the future.
Research skills This will be developed throughout the module but particularly in regards to the research necessary in the assessments.
Subject Specific Skills Students will develop skills in regards to teaching, planning, assessing and professional practice.
Team work Seminar activities will involve group work.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 6