Assignment: Degree Prospectus
Assignment: Degree Prospectus
Evidence within the portfolio obviously must conform to professional and ethical standards for protecting confi- dentiality. This applies to patient/client information as well as the location and identify of colleagues or other health- care staff.
A vehicle for personal development The evidence presented within the portfolio must be sup- ported by some additional narrative. This is to ensure that the outcome of any learning event, such as attendance at a study day, is captured. In other words, how the learning was used in practice must be considered. McMullan et al (2003) make the point that portfolios must demonstrate ‘…both the product and process of learning’. Records of attendance at a study day or work shadowing a colleague, for example, are not in themselves evidence of learning. Some discussion of what was learnt and how new skills or theory was applied to develop or reinforce practice is crucial to demonstrate the value of the developmental activity undertaken.
box 1 Portfolio structures Shopping Trolley – lots of evidence collected, but no real attempt to pull out themes or present in any specific order.
Spinal structure – evidence and reflective pieces aligned to competency standards or course objectives, for the purposes of meeting prescribed competencies, professional development planning and showcasing evi- dence for authorization, academic award or for potential employers.
Cake mix structure – a reflective narrative tying evidence together, which enables a greater focus on the personal learning journeys, reflection and the development of personal qualities.
Source: Anderson et al, 2009
box 2. Example of a sWOT analysis related to personal development Strengths Weaknesses
Good clinical skills
Sound interpersonal skills
Developing leadership skills
No formal qualification in speciality
Not done any academic study for several years
Support in principle from manager
Flexible degree pathway at local university
Lack of funding from employer
High personal anxiety re work/life balance if studying
Contact university for degree prospectus
Contact appropriate lecturer re study skill support available
Arrange appointment with manager to discuss possibility of studying a module
Explore alternative sources of funding – special trustees?
Look at time management and consider where time for studying could be identified. For example, Sunday morning when children at football
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