The research question / hypothesis / title is to explore if there is any correlation between Honey and
Mumford’s Learning Styles and Neil Flemings’ VARK model in groups of learners who work in 2
different occupational areas; Engineering and Customer Service.
The primary purpose of this research is to establish if there is a need for an apprenticeship within the vehicle body repair industry for Vehicle Damage Assessors (VDA). At the time of writing this project no such apprenticeship for this role exists, although a National Occupation Standard (NOS) for the role has been written. Again at the time of writing this has not been approved by government. The NOS lists the roles for VDA which range from NVQ Level 2 to NVQ Level 4, including the role of apprentice.
I have chosen to investigate an area of educational disability as it has a huge impact on my learners, my department, and also my role in education, which is set in a prison environment.
It is an area where, with research, I can extend my skills and knowledge and understanding in the area of dyslexia; this will impact and improve learning for my learners and their peers. It will enable me to extend the skills and knowledge of my colleagues and Prison staff creating a more dyslexic friendly environment for all in the area where learning takes place.
One of these issues is motivation towards target language, which is a critical area of concern itself for second language Teachers. A major concern to second or foreign language (L2) researchers has been the role played by motivational factors in L2 learning and it is a complex phenomenon as these factors are deep within the students’ mind. And this shall form the central focus of this study. As a teacher of these students, what matters most to me can be summed up in the simple question that forms the basis of my enquiry: What are the attitudes and motivation in Learning English?
I have been teaching in childcare and health and social care sector, and my background is childcare, it is vital to develop one‟s own perception of our strengths and weakness, by self evaluation and reflection I am able to identify areas I need to build on, develop and set goals for self-improvement.
Since I started this DTTLS course I have had an opportunity to try and improve aspects of my lessons within reason, ensuring that quality was not compromised. Completing each unit of this course has enabled me to look at the processes that are involved in delivering successful informative lessons and identify areas for much needed improvement.
The proposals for a leadership development framework will create a targeted and tailored approach to leadership capacity building delivered in partnership in the south west. Individually leaders understand the agenda and challenges facing public services but greater success could be achieved with collaborative working.