Staff Development Plan
Date du début: 1 juin 2015,
Date de fin: 31 mai 2016
Templemore College recognises the student as central to the education. The Back to Education Initiative sector in Templemore College is comprised mainly of adult learners who are early school leavers and others who have been marginilised . Lieb (1991) maintains that part of being an effective educator involves understanding how adults learn best. Malcolm Knowles (1984) who popularised the term andragogy (adult learning) identified six principles of adult learning. Included in these are that adults like to direct their own learning and be actively involved in their learning. They are also practical and are relevancy orientated. The development of new teaching methodologies involving technology will bring these learners closer to technology as well as allowing them to be more actively involved in their learning. This integration of technology also concurs with the aims and goals of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (2012) which aims to improve the IT skills to meet the job vacancies that exist in Ireland today. “Literacy is more essential than ever before. In societies dominated by the written word, it is a fundamental requirement for citizens of all ages in modern Europe” (EU, 2012). Literacy and numeracy reduces personal isolation by supporting social interaction and communication with others (for example, through texting and social media such as facebook and twitter). Using technology to enhance learning in these areas makes it more relevant to our adult learners who may have experienced difficulties with teaching methodologies in main stream education.
The personal growth of our learners is an important part of their education. Our aim is to provide meaningful life skills as well as formal qualifications. In learning the skills and knowledge on how to structure a project proposal and collaborating and creating new links with teachers, learning facilitators and other learners in similar adult education centres across Europe it is hoped that we can include our BTEI learners in future European projects. This will expose them to new experiences, increase their self-confidence and give them a sense of being European.
Our staff in Templemore College has a wealth of experience in teaching. They are open to sharing their experiences and learning from other peoples experiences. Training in other European countries will allow them to acquire knowledge or specific know-how from experiences and good practices abroad as well as practical skills relevant for their current job and their professional development. It will enable them to work together in multinational groups and so benefit from special learning and teaching conditions not available in a single centre, and to gain new perspectives on the topic being studied.
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