Free Online Education Courses

Teaching, as a profession, is as challenging as it is rewarding. Getting ahead of the game early is the best way to ensure your success in the classroom, and these free courses allow you to do just that. Whether you want to focus on multicultural education, intellectual development, or teaching for good behavior, there's a class for you here that you can take from the comfort of your home.

Accessibility of eLearning - The Open University

It is part of a teaching professional’s skills to understand the needs of a diverse population of students. This unit introduces the challenges for disabled students who may use computers in different ways when taking part in eLearning or may need alternative teaching methods. It covers the technology and techniques used by disabled students, the adjustments to teaching methods that might be reasonable, design decisions which affect the accessibility of eLearning tools and strategies for evaluation.

Action Research for Personal Change - The Open University

This course covers techniques for and critical thinking about the evaluation of changes in educational practices and policies in schools, organizations, and informal contexts. Topics include quantitative and qualitative methods for design and analysis, participatory design of practices and policies, institutional learning, the wider reception or discounting of evaluations, and selected case studies, including those arising from semester-long student projects.

Active, Healthy Lifestyles - U Mass Boston

In this unit, aimed at teachers of Physical Education, we begin by looking at some of the common misconceptions relating to fitness and activity levels together with accepted definitions of these concepts. We consider how active young people should actually be, and discuss how PE teachers can ensure they are making an effective contribution to this area of public health.

An Introduction to the Wider Professional Role of the Teacher in England - The Open University

This unit is an early study for people wishing to become a secondary teacher using the Open University's highly flexible route for graduates – known as the flexible PGCE. This unit, which considers the general professional standards and skills of a teacher whatever their secondary subject specialism, is studied following a brief two-week placement in school and prior to a much longer series of full-time school experiences.

Careers Education and Guidance - University of California

Successful transitions – whether from lower secondary to upper secondary; at age 16; into work-based training or university; or into work at any age – are life-enhancing for individuals and crucial to our future social and economic well-being. They are also an indicator of a good school. Careers education and guidance (CEG) is therefore at the heart of a school's personal development programme and all teachers have a role in securing successful transitions for their students.

Chartered Teachers in Scotland - The Open University

Teachers often have little spare time to reflect on the day's lessons and challenges. However, this evaluation of teaching and learning experiences is vital to their professional development. This unit is an extract from the OU's Chartered Teacher Programme for Scotland and will help teachers to evaluate their practice and development opportunities.

Children and Violence: An introductory, International and Interdisciplinary Approach - The Open University

Children are subject to many forms of adversity, for example, poverty or ill health. However, a significant form of adversity experienced by children in many different regions of the world is violence. The form of violence against children varies widely and is hugely disparate. In this unit, the focus is on three different environments where children experience violence: at home, among peers at school and in the wider society (in the context of armed conflicts). The text considers the experiences of children both locally and globally.

Conversation on Instructional Design - The Open University

This conversation between Dr. Robert Gagné, and Dr. M. David Merrill, took place July 10, 1989 before an audience of about 200 at Utah State University. A series of papers based on this discussion later appeared in Educational Technology Magazine. The conversation highlights the main points of Gagne and Merrill's respective learning theories, and a comparison of the events of instruction, and Component Display Theory.

Creating Interactive Media - Utah State

This course will introduce students to some technologies, tools and techniques associated with the creation of interactive multimedia. The focus of the course will be on developing the capacity of professional educators to communicate effectively with professionals who contribute to the design and development of interactive multimedia. Students will be introduced to the characteristics of the elements of multimedia and to some tools and techniques commonly used in creation of multimedia. They will develop skills for creating simple examples of interactive multimedia suitable for delivery within a web browser.

Creating Open Educational Resources - University of Southern Queensland

Are you interested in creating your own open educational resources? This unit will help you to write a learning unit and provide you with links to various resources for open-learning materials. You will learn about the different purposes of self-instruction and receive advice about the techniques and strategies to help the learner.

Creativity, Community and ICT - The Open University

What do you think being creative means? This unit engages with the debates surrounding the term ‘creativity’ and explores ways in which ICT creates new opportunities for creativity and collaborative working. The unit would be of interest to teachers, parents and carers, and can be studied on an individual basis or as part of a school-based training session.

CSET Mathematics I: Algebra - The Open University

The University of California, Irvine Extension, supported by generous grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The Boeing Company, is developing online courses to prepare science and mathematics teachers for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). The courses address the urgent need to help teachers prepare for and pass the CSET exams necessary to teach science and mathematics in California Schools. UC Irvine Extension's online test-preparation courses correspond with the 10 CSET science subtests and three CSET mathematics subtests.

CSET Mathematics II - University of California

The University of California, Irvine Extension, supported by generous grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The Boeing Company, is developing online courses to prepare science and mathematics teachers for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). The courses address the urgent need to help teachers prepare for and pass the CSET exams necessary to teach science and mathematics in California Schools. UC Irvine Extension's online test-preparation courses correspond with the 10 CSET science subtests and three CSET mathematics subtests.

CSET Mathematics III - University of California

The University of California, Irvine Extension, supported by generous grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The Boeing Company, is developing online courses to prepare science and mathematics teachers for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). The courses address the urgent need to help teachers prepare for and pass the CSET exams necessary to teach science and mathematics in California Schools. UC Irvine Extension's online test-preparation courses correspond with the 10 CSET science subtests and three CSET mathematics subtests. The modules covered in this test-preparation course are Trigonometry, Limits and Continuity, Derivatives and Applications, Integrals and Applications, and Sequences and Series.

CSET Science Subtest I: Astronomy - University of California

The University of California, Irvine Extension, supported by generous grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The Boeing Company, is developing online courses to prepare science and mathematics teachers for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). This module is part of the preparation for CSET Science Subtest I. It covers fifteen (15) topics in Astronomy: 1. The Stars 2. Phases of the Moon 3. The Solar System 4. Formation of the Solar System 5. Astronomical Distance Measurement 6. Evidence for Planets Around Other Stars 7. Characteristics of Galaxies 8. Our Place in the Milky Way 9. Star Color, Temperature, Size, and Luminosity 10. Fusion in Stars 11. Stellar Balance and Evolution 12. Distinguishing Stars from Planets 13. Accelerators in Astronomical Research 14. Astronomical Instruments 15. Additional Material

CSET Science Subtest I: Earth Resources - University of California

The University of California, Irvine Extension, supported by generous grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The Boeing Company, is developing online courses to prepare science and mathematics teachers for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). This module is part of the preparation for CSET Science Subtest I. It covers: (1) California's Fresh Water; (2) Fossil Fuels; (3) Energy from Nuclear Reactors; (4) Renewable Sources of Energy; (5) Recycling; and (6) California's Major Natural Resources.

CSET Science Subtest I: Electricity and Magnetism - University of California

The University of California, Irvine Extension, supported by generous grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The Boeing Company, is developing online courses to prepare science and mathematics teachers for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). This module is part of the preparation for CSET Science Subtest I. It covers: 1. Magnetism 2. Building a Simple Compass 3. Electrostatics 4. Introduction to Circuits 5. Energy in Electrical Circuits 6. Measuring Voltage, Current, Resistance, and Capacitance 7. Ohms Law 8. Calculating Voltage, Current, and Resistance 9. Power 10. Electromagnets

CSET Science Subtest I: Forces and Motion - University of California

The University of California, Irvine Extension, supported by generous grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The Boeing Company, is developing online courses to prepare science and mathematics teachers for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). This module is part of the preparation for CSET Science Subtest I. It covers: 1. Position and Displacement 2. Speed and Velocity 3. Acceleration 4. Graphing Motion 5. Isaac Newton 6. Newtons First Law and the Concept of Force 7. Newtons Second Law 8. Types of Forces 9. Newtons Third Law 10. Gravity and Circular Motion 11. Levers and Other Simple Machines 12. Biophysics: Levers in the Human Body 13. Fluids and Fluid Dynamics

CSET Science Subtest I: Optics and Waves - University of California

The University of California, Irvine Extension, supported by generous grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The Boeing Company, is developing online courses to prepare science and mathematics teachers for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). This module is part of the preparation for CSET Science Subtest I. It covers: 1. How We See 2. Types of Waves 3. Wave Calculations 4. Reflection 5. Superposition, Standing Waves, and Beats 6. Diffraction and Youngs Double Slit Experiment 7. The Doppler Effect and Polarization 8. Refraction 9. Lenses

Curriculum Framework in Scotland - University of California

In this unit you will find a discussion of the national curricula framework in Scotland. This is discussed in terms of the literacy curricula, and compared to the framework set up in England and Wales.

Dance Skills - The Open University

Dance communicates ideas through movement and is an expressive art form. Students need to learn how to use their body in a safe and healthy way, whilst developing a wide-ranging movement vocabulary. The use of different dance techniques can be an effective way of building vocabulary and developing different kinds of skills and abilities. Technical dance skills can form the foundation on which to develop and enhance each individual's performance. As dance teachers, we may have a range of skills, but it isn't always possible to possess expertise in every type of dance style and technique. Having the knowledge and experience to teach African Dance forms, Jazz Dance or Hip Hop to students is a great way of introducing them to a variety of styles and can be a rich and rewarding process. However, many teachers in schools and colleges work within a Contemporary Dance style because it will have been the basis of their education and training; it is also the point of reference for this unit.

Democracy? You Think You Know? - The Open University

Participating in the democratic processes is seen as being a fundamental aspect of citizenship. All pupils need a broad knowledge and understanding of the rights, responsibilities and duties of citizens, as well as an understanding of forms of government. Notions of citizenship have been forged alongside the expansion of the right to vote and the development of our ideas about democracy. In this unit we explore different interpretations of democracy and strategies for involving pupils in consideration of these issues within the citizenship curriculum.

Encouraging Book Talk in the School Library - Kaplan University

As adults we sometimes struggle to justify our feelings about particular books, but children are quite clear about what they like and don't like. It is possible to get children to discuss why they liked or did not like particular books and to encourage them to think more deeply about the books they read. This unit offers ideas and activities to engage pupils in discussing books. It is aimed at librarians, teaching assistants and other adults working with pupils in school libraries.

Enhancing Pupil Learning on Museum Visits - The Open University

Museums give children experiences above and beyond the everyday – experiences that enrich and build upon classroom teaching and learning. Taking pupils to a museum, or bringing museum artefacts into school, instantly changes the dynamics of the usual learning environment. It gives you as a teacher the opportunity to start afresh with each child, to reach and engage with pupils in new and different ways. This unit explores practical ways in which you can make the most of the UK's extraordinarily dynamic and diverse museums and galleries; it gives you pathways into museum resources, and shares examples of teachers and museum educators making the most of museum artefacts.

Evaluating School Classroom Discussion - The Open University

It is important to learn from classroom discussions, both for pupils and teachers. This unit will help you, as a teacher, to evaluate such discussions in order to help students develop their understanding and use of spoken language. The ability to use language as a tool for constructing and sharing knowledge is applicable across the whole curriculum.

Exploring Teaching and Learning in Tertiary Contexts - The Open University

This course enables tertiary educators to explore teaching and learning in tertiary environments. In doing so, they will focus on their own context and anticipated teaching roles. Through the process of critical self-analysis with reference to the qualities of effective tertiary educators, participants will produce a 'teaching capacity enhancement plan' (TCEP). This plan should be developed in collaboration with professional colleagues who are prepared to work alongside you as members of a focused professional learning community. A key outcome of this course will be the 'teaching capacity enhancement plan'. This plan will allow you to incorporate relevant professional development and staff development activities, including work-based projects. The TCEP developed in this course will be evaluated in the final course (FET5302) of the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning. NOTE: Learners undertaking this course are required to have access to teaching and learning environments in a tertiary education setting.

Finding Information in Education - University of Southern Queensland

This unit will help you to identify and use information in education, whether for your work, study or personal purposes. Experiment with some of the key resources in this subject area, and learn about the skills which will enable you to plan searches for information, so you can find what you are looking for more easily. Discover the meaning of information quality, and learn how to evaluate the information you come across. You will also be introduced to the many different ways of organising your own information, and learn how to reference it properly in your work. Finally, discover how to keep up to date with the latest developments in your area of interest by using tools such as RSS and mailing lists.

Geography in Education: Exploring a Definition - The Open University

This unit is aimed at geography teachers, or those with an interest in studying or teaching geography. This unit looks at the contribution that geography can make in the education of young people and the characteristics and purpose of geography as a subject.

A Global Dimension to Science Education in Schools - The Open University

Is your science teaching very ‘Western-oriented’? This unit is aimed at those teachers who would like to give a more global feeling to their teaching. You will learn how to source scientific articles with a greater emphasis on science and technology beyond the Western world and experience how such articles can be incorporated into teaching within the National Curriculum.

Inclusive Education: Knowing What We Mean - The Open University

This unit introduces you to the contested area of educational inclusion. You will look at differing perspectives on inclusion, in particular the way that medical and social models have influenced and shaped current thinking. You will also think about barriers to inclusion and the difference between integration and inclusion. In addition, you will consider some of the key documents, such as the Salamanca Statement, that underpin current thinking in this area.

Intellectual Development - Tufts University

This child development course aims to explore several of the major points of view currently influential in the field of cognitive development. It also examines implications of these various perspectives for the education and socialization of children. The emphasis is on theory in the conceptualization of intellectual change processes.

Introducing Observational Approaches in Research With Children and Young People - The Open University

This unit introduces you to analysing academic writing and, in particular, the way an article might be structured to clearly explain an investigation to other researchers. It explores observation of children and young people using qualitative observation approaches in small-scale studies.

Involving the Family in Supporting Pupils' Literacy Learning - The Open University

Teaching children to read is one area where collaboration between teachers and parents/carers is of vital importance. You will examine how families and schools work together to establish the links that underpin childhood literacy development and the ways in which educational institutions respond to the diversity of needs amongst students.

Knowledge in Everyday Life - The Open University

This unit is designed to help those working with children between the ages of 3 and 8. You will be encouraged to explore your knowledge, feelings and attitudes in language, mathematics and science in order to understand the place that these subjects have in the life of both individuals and society as a whole.

Language as a Medium for Teaching and Learning - The Open University

Are you interested in English language education? This unit examines the use of language as a cultural tool which allows humans to become involved in a two-way process of constant change. The unit will help those within the teaching environment to relate theoretical discussion to professional practice.

Master Online Teaching Certification - Weber State University

The Master Online Teacher Certification program was developed to assist professors interested in cultivating exemplary online courses. This certification includes an online course, face-to-face workshops and hands on training. The faculty selected for this program will learn valuable tools and concepts to increase the interactivity and pedagogical expertise of their classes.

Methods in Science - Dixie State

Effective science instruction is a key component of any course of study for students in the elementary school. This course will provide a basis for-pre-service teachers to gain awareness of national, state, and local standards in science education, as well as, effective teaching strategies that will help teachers meet the various needs of all learners in the public school setting.

Multicultural Education & ESL Education - Dixie State

For students interested in learning foundational aspects of multi-cultural issues and initiatives in English as a Second Language. This class serves as a general interest elective in diversity, and as a prerequisite course for admission to the DSC elementary education program. Additionally, the class is the first in a series of course work leading to the State ESL endorsement to the Utah education license. Lectures, discussion, projects, guest speakers and a lab are among the instructional modalities. Upon completion of the course, students will have a basic understanding of the theoretical and foundational underpinnings of multi-cultural education and ESL, better equipping them to accommodate diversity in classrooms. Prerequisites: Is a prerequisite for admittance to the Dixie State College Elementary Education program.3 lecture hours per week which include field experiences.

Online Instructor Training - University of California

Enhance your knowledge with the 10 areas of study included in this self-access training program. While all modules are open to any interested parties, the ability to upload assignments and complete quizzes is not. Current and prospective UC Irvine Extension instructors, wanting to receive Extension credit for completing the modules, please login to your account to complete the quizzes or assignments at the end of each module.

Parents and Toddlers: Teaching and Learning at Home - The Open University

How do young children learn? This unit looks at the way toddlers interact with their carers in the home environment. You will learn how adults use different methods of teaching to encourage a small child to expand their boundaries and develop new ways of thinking.

Play, Learning and the Brain - The Open University

This unit examines the area of the brain based learning with a particular focus on the development of the young child's brain and is of particular relevance to those who work with young children. We begin by looking at the structure and functions of the brain, and the impact that sensory deprivation can have on these. We consider the implications of current understandings of brain development for teaching and learning, particularly in an early years setting, and finish by exploring the value of play (particularly outdoor play) in children's learning and the development of their brains.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports for the Classroom - Arizona State University

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports for the Classroom will provide teachers with evidence-based strategies to improve classroom behavior management using positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS). The first part of the course will assist teachers in designing a classroom environment that prevents problem behaviors from occurring and encourages appropriate behavior in the classroom. The second part of the course will provide a guide for understanding why students engage in problematic behaviors and how that knowledge can be used to develop individualized interventions to address these behaviors. Teachers will assess their classroom to identify areas of strength and areas in need of improvement. Finally, they will develop an action plan for their classroom, integrating information that they have learned throughout the course. Learning will be facilitated through videos, readings, websites, and case studies.

EL200 - Prior Learning Assessment Part I - Utah State

In this course, you will focus on writing your expanded resume. You will also explore how colleges divide knowledge into academic departments, majors, courses, and degrees. Before deciding what to label your learning, you will explore labels higher education uses for learning that’s similar to yours.

Prior Learning Assessment Part II - Kaplan University

In this course, you will learn to write credit requests that describe your learning in learning statements based on Bloom’s Taxonomy. You will also learn how to write documentation requests to primary documenters and organize learning relative to academic disciplines.

Processes of Research and Engagement - U Mass Boston

In this course, students identify issues in educational or other professional settings on which to focus their critical and creative thinking skills. Each student works through the different stages of research and action - from defining a manageable project to communicating findings and plans for further work. Supervision is provided when the student's research centers on new teaching practices, workshops in the community, or volunteer. The classes run as workshops in which students are introduced to and then practice using tools for research, writing, communicating, and supporting the work of others.

Professional Portfolio Development Seminar - Dixie State

Course Structure: 2 hours long classes - once a week

Psychosocial Aspects of Visual Impairment - U Mass Boston

This course investigates the psychosocial aspects of vision loss. Coping techniques and issues of self-esteem are explored, along with principles of self-determination. Other topics include the psychosocial aspects of personal life management such as orientation and mobility, use of volunteers, sexuality, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Psychosocial issues specific to people from diverse cultures are also addressed.

Research for the Classroom Teacher - Utah State

In this course, Dr. Eastmond uses a model for teaching called Guided Design. This course teaches classroom teachers how to design and carry out research according to this method.

School Business Manager: Developing the Role - The Open University

There is an ongoing ‘revolution’ in the running of state schools and this is making the position of the school business manager both significant and necessary. Government thinking, together with profound changes in society generally, will affect every institution both in terms of pedagogy and the physical environment, particularly technology and levels of security employed. This unit will look at how you – an existing or aspiring business manager – can work effectively to support school activities and stakeholders, and in particular how you can support and manage aspects of the change agenda in your school to improve teaching and learning outcomes.

School Geography: Exploring a Definition - The Open University

This unit explores school geography, focusing upon how geography is currently being taught and understood. While studying this unit you will read about the significance of geography as a subject, looking at differing views as to exactly which disciplines make up geography. The unit also includes a lesson plan and a look at definitions of geography as a medium of education.

Supporting Professional Development in Initial Teacher Training - The Open University

Mentoring, observation and interviews are three important strategies in developing student teachers. This unit, which gives a flavour of the Open University's flexible PGCE course, introduces student–teacher centred strategies both inside and outside of the classroom involving mentors, pupils, tutors and others to develop student teachers' professional skills and understanding.

Teach Global - The Open University

Teaching with a global perspective is becoming increasingly important as the world becomes a smaller place. This unit provides a resource for teachers in both primary and secondary schools to understand why the inclusion of the global dimension in the primary school curriculum is important.

Teaching Assistants: Support in Action - The Open University

Teaching assistants are an important resource in education. This unit looks at how this role has developed over time. You will also explore why this workforce is predominately female and why there is a marked under-representation of minority ethnic assistants. Finally you will explore what the future hold for this paraprofessional role.

Teaching Citizenship: Work and the Economy - The Open University

The issue of ‘citizenship, work and the economy’ is often neglected in everyday discussions of citizenship. But a moment's reflection should demonstrate how important it is. The vast majority of us will spend the bulk of our adult lives working in some context or another, and our engagement with economic activity more generally is obvious (and not just as consumers). Many young people are also intimately tied up with work. School children often have part-time evening, weekend or holiday jobs of their own. They are all likely to spend some time on work-experience programmes. Their parents will normally have to engage with work to support their families. But do they know much about their rights and responsibilities at work? This unit explores aspects of work, including child labour and its relationship to citizenship for those teaching this subject in secondary schools.

Teaching for Good Behaviour - The Open University

The quality of our teaching inevitably has an impact on the behaviour of our students. This unit considers some of the factors that can contribute to misbehaviour in the classroom and some of the steps that we can take as teachers to re-engage students with the learning process. This unit considers the format of lessons, how lessons are delivered, how to present lesson content in an interesting and creative way, and the development of "engaging lessons".

Teaching Languages: Language Awareness - The Open University

This unit explores phonic and historical connections between languages and suggests how such knowledge might be used when teaching MFL.

Teaching Students with Special Needs - University of Southern Queensland

In this course students are introduced to a wide range of methods and strategies for meeting the needs of children with behavioural and adjustment problems in regular preschool, primary and secondary classrooms. The course explores research on teaching and defines what is currently known about how to effectively teach children with special needs with a particular emphasis on maintaining student attention and on-task behaviour. First, basic classroom teaching and management skills and procedures are covered. Secondly, more comprehensive methods and strategies known to impact positively on children with special needs are introduced. The current focus is on cooperative learning strategies and peer tutoring. The major proportion of the course will be devoted to behavioural management strategies, including the Kounin model, behaviour modification, assertive discipline, reality therapy, logical consequences, and social skills training.

Teaching Using Digital Video in Secondary Schools - The Open University

This unit explores the role of digital media as a teaching tool, focussing on video in particular. we will examine the process of how you can start to use digital video in the classroom, and how to manage your project from objective setting, through story boards and filming, to assesing the success of your project.

The Role of Play in Children's Learning - The Open University

Has the emphasis on raising educational standards in the UK led to adult-led learning replacing play? This unit will help teachers assess the importance of spontaneous play and socialising in the playground as well as looking at the value of play and the varying attitudes that adults have towards the activity.

Thinking About How I Work With Other Professionals - The Open University

This work-based unit encourages early years practitioners to think about the values and principles underpinning how they work with other professionals. It explores beliefs about teamwork, examines frameworks for professional communication and concludes with identifying possible changes in practice.

Using Film Music in the Classroom - The Open University

There are many approaches to using film music in the classroom, including: a focus on pupil experience; a focus on the structure of composition; a focus on the relationship between music and image.

Using Film Music in the Classroom - The Open University

We know that the brain has a hugely important role to play in the students' learning that goes on in our classrooms. However, surprisingly, scientists still know relatively little about the workings of the brain, and most of what we do know has been discovered only in the last 15 years. Our challenge is to ensure that what we do know about the brain is translated into classroom practice and used to maximise student learning – this is the idea at the heart of Accelerated Learning. This unit introduces some of the principles of accelerated learning and explores techniques for you to try out with your pupils.

Using Visualisation in Maths Teaching - The Open University

This unit looks at visualisation as it relates to mathematics, focusing upon how it can be used to improve learning. It will also identify ways in which to make more use of visualisation within the classroom.

What Children's Perspectives Tell Us About Inclusion - The Open University

The underlying premise of this unit is that we are all experts in different ways, and that our different experiences and understandings are of value. Inclusive education is presented and discussed as under construction, both in educational settings and as a concept. The materials to be found in this unit are largely rooted in the social model of disability and human/disability rights frameworks.

Why Teach Art? - The Open University

What value does art have in the school curriculum? This unit, primarily aimed at colleagues teaching art in schools, explores the justification for including art in the school curriculum together with some of the current criticisms commonly heard.

Working with Young People: Roles and Responsibilities - The Open University

In this unit, we look at the roles that are taken when working with young people. We focus on what those working with young people actually do, starting with some analysis of roles. We show that, in the context of work with young people, the term is more than simply a statement about who does what: it also says something about the kinds of relationships we form with young people and the values we bring to our work. We then move on to discuss roles in relation to the ‘bigger picture’ of organisations and projects that are concerned with young people.

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