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Virtual learning tools to support the practical learning requirements of brickwork apprenticeships

Brickwork education in Australia relies on the use of traditional learning techniques, particularly around the theoretical aspects of the trade. This challenges many students who have low literacy and numeracy levels. However Australian students, irrespective of their ability levels, are becoming more and more technology savvy. As a result students are less likely to engage as fully as is needed with paper based teaching methods. Tertiary education institutes in the UK have recognised this issue and have been developing ways to re-engage trade based students in the learning process. A number of UK colleges have developed interactive computer programs that simulate bricklaying techniques and reduce the reliance on the need to read, understand and follow written instructions. The author undertook a study tour of a number of UK colleges to understand how 'virtual bricklaying' learning methods are used to encourage students with low literacy levels to engage fully in the learning process. The Fellowship focused on the need to understand: the benefits of and opportunities to replace traditional teaching methods with technical based learning resources; how to successfully implement virtual learning resources into the trade classroom to realise all potential benefits; and the limitations of virtual learning resources (VLRs) and any lessons that have been learned from the UK experience. The author draws out a number of practical recommendations for relevant stakeholders to support the successful use of 'virtual bricklaying' learning methods within apprenticeship programs.

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Authors: Clayton, Craig
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Industry; Skills and knowledge; Apprenticeship;

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Annotated bibliography: workplace learning

This annotated bibliography about workplace learning includes online readings and resources, books and journals. It aims to answer the following questions: What is workplace learning? Why workplace learning and why now? How is workplace learning implemented? How has workplace learning been implemented?

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Corporate authors: United States. Department of Justice. National Institute of Corrections
Date: 2010
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Workforce development; Research; Teaching and learning

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The Team Leader Model: an alternative to preceptorship

The objective of this study was to improve the clinical practice environment for student nurses through an increased understanding of the relationships and of the situations in which that practice occurs. This project sought to assess a new model of supervision and support based on a team approach, the team being a registered nurse, graduate nurse and a student nurse, that supported students, graduates and staff. Results indicate that the Team Leader Model demonstrated provided an improved allocation model of student supervisors, students felt a greater sense of reality of practice, and graduates appreciated the support of the Team Leader. The model has been perceived by staff and students as a practice that can provide for a better clinical practice placement for the student.

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Authors: Russell, Kylie; Hobson, Ann; Watts, Robin
Date: 2010
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Journal title: Australian journal of advanced nursing
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Students; Management; Teaching and learning

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Progress for adult literacy learners: research report

This report examines three strategies (phonics, oral reading fluency and sentence combining) used by teachers in the project being reported on. These three teaching strategies had been identified as being 'promising' in terms of their potential to assist in the progress of adult literacy learners, and therefore, worth investigating via evidence-based research. This study also found that a high quality of teaching correlated with students' progress and would indicate a case for continuing professional development for adult literacy teachers. The report concludes with recommendations for adult literacy theory, policy, practice and further research.

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Authors: Burton, Maxine; Davey, Judy; Lewis, Margaret;
Date: 2010
Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Literacy; Adult and community education; Teaching and learning;

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The benefits of debriefing as formative feedback in nurse education

Formative feedback is important in experiential learning and is often applied in nursing in the form of facilitated structured debriefing. Debriefing is most commonly reported in relation to clinical skills development and as part of individual and team-based simulation training. Educational outcomes are dependent upon the skills of the facilitator in offering feedback in accordance with best practice. Although a key component of higher level education, there is a lack of published evidence with regard to the effectiveness of debriefing techniques in nurse education. However, the literature does show that structured facilitated debriefing is an important strategy to engage students in learning and is essential in simulation training. A framework for debriefing practice is presented in this paper as it explores the literature surrounding undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development in nursing and midwifery.

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Authors: Cant, Robyn P.; Cooper, Simon J.
Date: 2011
Journal title: Australian journal of advanced nursing
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Assessment; Teaching and learning; Quality;

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Description, and pilot evaluation, of novel staff education to improve care of confused older inpatients

The objective of this pre/post qualitative study, set in a tertiary teaching hospital with clinical staff in two geriatric medicine wards, was to determine feasibility of novel staff education with the aim of optimising care for confused older people. Participants used self-directed learning modules, and were given access to an education resource officer to reinforce learning in real time.

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Authors: Horner, Barbara; Watson, Natasha; Hill, Anne-Marie;
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Journal title: Australian journal of advanced nursing
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Evaluation; Workforce development; Teaching and learning;

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Towards a profile of the Jamaican literacy specialist

Jamaican policy makers have prioritized literacy improvement as a matter of urgency within the educational milieu with initiatives being mandated and implemented to promote this cause. One such initiative is to prepare a special group of teachers to extend literacy improvement efforts in Jamaican schools. The name 'literacy specialist' has been commonly used to describe the trainees. This article is seen as an initial step in providing a coherent profile of the literacy specialist for Jamaican schools based on the views of selected stakeholders. The article also seeks to position literacy specialists within the context of the literature and consider other realities of the Jamaican situation.

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Authors: Lambert, Clement T. M.; Down, Lorna
Conference name: Literacy Research and Development Centres Conference
Date: 2003
Geographic subjects: Jamaica; Central America and the Caribbean
Resource type: Conference
Subjects: Policy; Literacy; Teaching and learning;

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The reform of vocational education and training in Bulgaria: the impact of recent innovations in teaching and learning

Much has been written over recent years questioning the value of exporting systems of [vocational education and training] VET from developed countries and expecting them to meet the needs and demands of developing countries. Most recently, the main recipients of development aid, particularly from the [European Union] EU, have been the countries of the former 'eastern bloc'. As a consultant working on an EU project to upgrade VET in Bulgaria, the author was involved in delivering staff development seminars concentrating on 'new' teaching and learning strategies to teachers within the secondary vocational sector.

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Authors: Smith, Christopher J.
Date: 2003
Geographic subjects: Bulgaria; Europe
Resource type: Thesis
Subjects: Governance; Vocational education and training; Teaching and learning;

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Teaching for numeracy and mathematics transfer in tertiary science

This project aimed to identify and implement pedagogical strategies designed to facilitate the transfer of numeracy and mathematical skills and knowledge to science disciplines. To achieve this aim a review of the literature was conducted that yielded numerous teaching and learning strategies for successful transfer of knowledge across contexts with potential to use in the sciences. Six strategies were chosen by lecturers and academic developers for field testing in science courses because they met three main criteria: (1) they were relevant to the course context; (2) they were practical and accessible to lecturers; and (3) they were effective in helping students see the connections between mathematics and science.

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Authors: Brogt, Erik; Soutter, Annie; Masters, Sarah;
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: New Zealand; Oceania
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Higher education; Teaching and learning; Skills and knowledge;

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Building an evolving method and materials for teaching writing in large classes

In South Africa and in other parts of the world, many professions are bemoaning the poor ability of many graduates to communicate their skills and knowledge effectively once they enter the workplace. Increasingly, pressure is placed on higher education to do more in terms of equipping future professionals with the necessary critical reading, research, thinking and writing skills the workplace demands. However, in South Africa especially, the demand for access to higher education is resulting in increased admissions, and in many lecturers standing in front of larger classes filled with students from a wide range of home and educational backgrounds with 'variable' commands of English as a medium of instruction and communication (Greenbaum and Mbali in S Afr Linguist Appl Lang Stud 20:233-244, 2002). This makes the task of equipping these students with disciplinary knowledge and skills a challenge.

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Authors: Clarence, Sherran; Albertus, Latiefa; Mwambene, Lea
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: South Africa; Africa
Journal title: Higher education
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Skills and knowledge; Literacy;

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