Developing Professional Practice

Introduction
This is one of the SEDA-PDF named awards available through SEDA’s Professional Development Framework. It is of particular relevance to administrative and other support staff who wish to acquire a nationally accredited qualification in Higher Education. 

Aims
  • To support individuals and teams of staff in their personal and professional practice and development
  • To recognise the professional contribution and achievements of these staff
  • To advance the professional practice of candidates by promoting action research, evaluation and the reporting and sharing of outcomes
  • To enhance the quality of the educational experience of students by attention to quality and service delivery
  • To promote SEDA professional values
  • To enhance the quality of the educational experience of students by attention to quality and service delivery
  • To develop local support frameworks in participating universities
  • To facilitate the sharing of best practice across institutions.


Values
Award recipients will have shown how their work is informed by the SEDA Values:

  1. Developing understanding of how people learn
  2. Practicing in ways that are scholarly, professional and ethical
  3. Working with and developing learning communities
  4. Valuing diversity and promoting inclusivity
  5. Continually reflecting on practice to develop ourselves, others and processes.

Core Development Outcomes

The emphasis in the development outcomes is on the reflective process of professional development. The outcomes put the onus on the individual to take responsibility for their own development and suggests a process for this. Award recipients will be able to:

  1. Identify their own professional development goals, directions or priorities
  2. Plan for their initial and / or continuing professional development
  3. Undertake appropriate development activities
  4. Review their development and their practice, and the relations between them.

Specialist Outcomes

Additionally, award recipients will be able to:

  1. Explain how their role supports the organisation's mission and appropriate strategies, including quality considerations
  2. Use their specialist knowledge and skills within the higher education context
  3. Use interpersonal and personal organisation and management skills
  4. Reflect on and plan to meet their own personal and continuing professional development needs and identify appropriate follow-up activity.

Wording improved, February 2011

Named award co-ordinator

Rachael Carkett r.a.j.carkett@bath.ac.uk 

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