Unit 24: Understanding the Learning process

 Unit 24:

Understanding the Learning process









Unit code:
F/601/1657

QCF level:
5


Credit value:
15






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 Aim
The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop understanding of different theories and styles of learning and to apply this to learning strategies within the health and social care workplace.
• Unit abstract
The unit investigates the learning process. Learners will explore current theories of learning and relate these to the development of practical skills and the acquisition of knowledge and understanding. The unit provides an understanding of the different ways in which individuals learn and can be supported in the health and social care workplace to develop practice. Learners will draw on their own experience to suggest ways of supporting learning. Learners will investigate individual learning needs and consider how practice in the health and social care workplace can provide support for care workers. They will explore ways of planning learning opportunities and the factors that contribute to successful delivery or learning in the workplace.
This unit is particularly appropriate for those with responsibilities for supporting the learning of others in the workplace, but would be equally useful for practitioners to use as part of their own personal and professional development.
• Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this unit a learner will:
1 Understand different theories of learning
2 Understand the impact of learning styles on learning by individuals
      3 Be able to suggest strategies for delivering and assessing learning in a health and social care workplace
       4 Understand how to support the individual learning needs of health and social care workers.

Unit content
1 Understand different theories of learning
Domains of learning: Bloom’s Taxonomy of learning domains (cognitive, psychomotor, affective)
Theories of learning: behaviourist, gestalt, cognitive, humanistic     EDEXCEL LEVEL 3 BTEC ‘SPORT’
Different ways in which learning can occur: learning cycle (Kolb), learning circles (Race); learning through doing, learning through experience; planning, teaching, observing, mentoring, tutoring, demonstration, feedback

2 Understand the impact of learning styles on learning by individuals
Learning style: visual, aural, tactile, kinaesthetic; activist, reflector, pragmatist, theorist
Influences: motivation, environment, culture, communication, past experience
Own learning: motivation, responsibilities, experiential, learning from others, learning by doing
3     Be able to suggest strategies for delivering and assessing learning in a health and social care workplace
Factors to be considered: benefits eg for the user of services, team, organisation, individual; quality systems; learning outcomes required; resources available; scheduling; occupational standards; learning styles
Teaching strategies: work-based, through experience; learning in groups, individual learning,classroom-based teaching, mentoring, tutoring, shadowing, demonstration, coaching, online, question and answer, independent learning; one-to-one, groups
Strategies for delivering learning: planning, induction, resources and materials, guidance, personal support, monitoring and review, feedback, Individual Learning Plans, formative assessment, summative assessment
Techniques for assessing learning: testing eg question and answer; observation eg direct, expert witness records; evidence-based eg projects, presentations, artefacts produced; against National Occupational Standards
4    Understand how to support the individual learning needs of health and social care workers
Learning needs: literacy, numeracy, IT, second language, sensory impairment, dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention deficit, time-management
Diagnostic tools: for literacy, numeracy; oral, paper-based, online
Support for individual learning needs: teaching strategies, technical aids, learning materials, planning learning, teaching, assessing, providing feedback, supporting quality assurance


Learning outcomes and assessment criteria

Learning outcomes
Assessment criteria for pass

On successful completion of
The learner can:

this unit a learner will:








LO1 Understand different

1.1
explain how different domains of learning apply to

theories of learning


learning in health and social care



1.2
explain different ways in which learning can occur in




health and social care workplaces



1.3
analyse how theories of learning relate to the




development of understanding and skills in health and




social care






LO2 Understand the impact of

2.1
explain different factors that can influence the

learning styles on learning by


effectiveness of learning

individuals

2.2
explain concepts of learning style






2.3
assess own preferred learning style



2.4
analyse influences on own learning in relation to




learning theory





LO3 Be able to suggest strategies

3.1
describe factors to be considered when planning a

for delivering and assessing


workplace learning programme

learning in a health and

3.2
present relevant teaching strategies to support the

social care workplace




learning of others for a health and social care workplace







3.3
suggest a strategy for delivering and assessing learning




in a health and social care workplace





LO4 Understand how to support

4.1
explain barriers to learning that maybe encountered by

the individual learning needs


individuals in the health and social care workplace

of health and social care

4.2
describe methods of identifying individual learning

workers.




needs







4.3
evaluate different approaches that could be adopted to




support the individual learning needs of health and




social care workers.





Guidance
Links
This unit has links with, for example:
Unit 4: Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care
Unit 13: Managing Human Resources in Health and Social Care
Unit 23: Employability Skills.
This unit also has links with the National Occupational Standards in Health and Social Care. See Annexe B for mapping.
Essential requirements
It is essential that this unit is delivered by a tutor who can introduce learners to learning and assessment processes, as are required for completion of the unit.
Employer engagement and vocational contexts
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