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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Professional Development & Lifelong Learning
Module Code ES328
School 78
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Justin Rami
Semester 2: Justin Rami
Autumn: Justin Rami
Module TeachersEamon Costello
Francesca Lorenzi
Justin Rami
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The module aims to identify frameworks for analysing and fostering opportunities for experiential and transformative learning by presenting students with relevant theoretical approaches aimed at informing current and future professional practice developing a capacity for professional self-appraisal and a means for the development and enhancement of professional competence on a life-long learning basis. Students are encouraged to think in terms of continuous professional development as the key to enhancement of professionalism facilitating reflective experiential learning in the workplace which would contribute to professional and organisational transformation. Interpreting and critically evaluating organisational cultures. Organisational cultures will be examined with the view to enhance effectiveness of organisations through training and education.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the strategic significance of reflection in experiential learning
2. Demonstrate an ability for self-appraisal and critical thinking as means for fostering professional competence and professional development
3. Display a critical understanding of the influence of Learning Organisation Theory on organisational cultures and professional development
4. Examine how educators and trainers can become evaluators and promoters of change in organisations
5. Demonstrate an awareness of the concepts and principles of organisational transformation
6. Critically evaluate the relevance of managing education/training in a knowledge society

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study60No Description
Independent Study11No Description
Assignment Completion30No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Learning dimensions
Self-directed learning Critical thinking Reflective and Experiential Learning Learning Organisation Theory Transformative learning

The Educator/Trainer s role
The professional development of the training/education practitioner within his/her own context The role of to-day s co-ordinator /manager in education and training The Educator/Trainer as a change agent within their context Experiential learning as a mean for professional development of educator/trainer The educator/trainer as a self-evaluator Professional competence and professional development

The Organisational dimension
The changing face of learning in mainstream and non-mainstream education: a national perspective Systems theory: training and learning in a global context Theoretical underpinnings of organisational culture in a knowledge society Key elements of effective organisation and training management The changing role of training in the workplace

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PortfolioThe portfolio consists of two tasks. For task 1 students have two options: a) the analysis of a case study; b) a brief essay on the capability approach in education. Task2 is a brief essay on the learning organisation concept in relation to change in educational organisations100%
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Boud D. and Garrick J.: 1999, Understanding Learning at Work, Routledge, London,
  • Bee, F. and Bee, R,: 1994, Training Needs Analysis and Evaluation, Institute of Personnel Management, London,
  • Bee, F. and Bee, R.: 2003, Learning Needs Analysis and Evaluation, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, London,
  • Fullan, M: 2007, The New Meaning of Educational Change, Teachers College Press, New York,
  • Handy, C. B.: 1995, Beyond Certainty: the Changing World of Organisations., Hutchinson, London,
  • Kolb, D. A.: 1984, Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of learning and Development, Prentice Hall, USA,
  • Malone, S. A.: 2005, A Practical Guide to Learning in the Workplace, The Liffey Press, Dublin,
  • Mezirow, J.: 1991, Transformative Dimensions of Adult Learning, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco,
  • Moon J.: 2004, A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning: Theory and Practice, UK MPG Books,
  • Reece, J. and Walker, S: 2001, Teaching, Training and Learning: a practical guide,, Business Education Publishers, Sunderland,
  • Senge P.: 1992, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organisation, Random House, London,
  • Senge, P.: 2005, Presence: exploring profound change in people, organizations and society, Nicholas Brealey, London,
  • Whitaker, P.: 1993, Managing Change in Schools, Open University Press, Buckingham,
  • Martha C. Nussbaum,: 2011, Creating Capabilities, Harvard University Press, Harvard, 978-0674050549
  • Hutton D. W.: 1994, The Change Agents Handbook: A Survival Guide for Quality Improvement Champions, ASQC Quality Press, Wisconsin,
  • Walker, M. and Unterhalter, E: 2007, Amartya Sen's Capability Approach and Social Justice in Education, Palgrave, London,
  • Loughran, J.: 2006, Developing a pedagogy of Teacher Education, Routledge, London,
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Date of Last Revision10-DEC-09

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