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LO1. Understand the nature of learning and communication and the evidence supporting effective teaching methods for use across the lifespan and in a variety of settings.

Educating for Health: Summative Suggested Essay Outline

Develop a teaching plan for a chosen group, and chosen setting, and demonstrate your understanding of health education, using contemporary sources of evidence. Discuss the teaching approach you have used in relation to health literacy, theories of learning and communication, and how you would evaluate your teaching plan.  (2500 words, reference list is separate and does not count towards the word limit)

Main essay: Discusses how and why you developed the teaching plan in the way that you did using key concepts and theories.

Appendix: Detailed teaching plan that you have developed for a chosen group.

  1. Understand the nature of learning and communication and the evidence supporting effective teaching methods for use across the lifespan and in a variety of settings.
  2. Describe the use of, and apply, selected teaching methods and communication strategies to promote health to individuals, groups and populations.
  3. Select and evaluate education approaches appropriately to meet the needs of different clients and populations.

CORE

YOUR NOTES

Title

  • Give your essay a title linking to the health topic you are doing health education on and the group you will educate e.g. Healthy Eating in Older People Health Education Session and Teaching Plan).

 

Introduction (sources and evidence can be cited where appropriate)

  • Set out what you are going to discuss in your essay, in the order in which you will present it:
  • This essay will discuss... tell the reader what you will cover in your essay in the order you will do it in.
  • The focus will be on children (aged ...)/older people (over.... years of age)/general adults (over 18 years of age) or in schools/workplaces/prisons (your chosen group/setting).
  • State the other things you will do in your essay.

 

Background (sources and evidence must be cited)

  • Critically define and analyse health education (discuss what health education is and any consensus and debates on its definition and meaning).
  • Provide some background on the nature of teaching and learning , education and background to the topic you felt was relevant including health and wellbeing for the group, setting or community e.g. children/older people/general adults schools/workplaces/prisons.
  • The importance of using a structured approach, conducting a learning needs assessment, developing a teaching plan, delivering the teaching plan and evaluating the teaching plan.

 

Assessment of learning needs of the chosen group (sources and evidence must be cited)

  • Critically define and analyse health literacy and learning need.
  • What are the benefits of assessing learning needs.
  • How you would undertake a learning needs assessment.
  • How does assessing learning needs inform development of a teaching plan (the content and how it is structured and delivered).

 

Meeting the learning needs of the chosen group (sources and evidence must be cited)

  • Why a teaching plan important.
  • How have you tailored your teaching plan to meet the needs of your specific chosen group.
  • What are the aim and objectives of your teaching and why have you chosen this aim and these objectives.

Relate this section to your teaching plan that you set out in the appendix.

Meeting the learning needs of the chosen group will therefore be discussed in your teaching plan.

 

Content, structure and delivery of the teaching plan (sources and evidence must be cited)

  • What teaching methods have you used in your teaching plan and why.
  • How have you taken the setting, where you will undertake the health education, into account in developing your teaching plan.
  • What key learning and teaching have informed the development of your teaching plan.
  • What communication theories and approaches have informed the delivery of your teaching plan
  • Discuss how your approach - developed from your understanding of learning, teaching and communication theories - will bring out a change in knowledge, attitudes and behaviour in your chosen group.

Relate this section to your teaching plan that you set out in the appendix.

Content, structure and delivery will therefore be discussed in your teaching plan.

 

Evaluation of the teaching plan (sources and evidence must be cited)

  • Why evaluating a teaching plan is important
  • What evaluation methods have you used in your teaching plan and why (think about process, outcome and impact evaluation of the teaching plan).
  • How have you taken the setting, where you will undertake the health education, into account in developing your teaching plan.

Relate this section to your teaching plan that you set out in the appendix.
Evaluation will therefore be discussed in your teaching plan.

 

Conclusion (sources and evidence can be cited where appropriate)

Wrap up your discussion with some thoughts about:

  • Your views on the value of health education and health educators (If you have not already covered this earlier).
  • Your views on the value of theory in health education and health communication.

 

NOTE:

  1. Remember your detailed teaching plan needs to be presented in an appendix (see essay template).
  2. Cite Them Right Harvard citing and referencing is very important, poor referencing will affect your mark.
  3. Stick to the word limit, a few extra 10-20 words is okay.

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