Experiential Learning and Reflective Practice 1 (Revision 1)
Temporarily closed, February 16, 2016.
Area of Study: Social Science
Prerequisite: PSYC 300 or equivalent, and professor approval. Learners are expected to have worked as career development practitioners for several years and have the competence to express their reflections in writing at the senior undergraduate level. The focus of learning in the miniportfolio in PSYC 441 must be clearly separate from the focus in PSYC 442. Credit will not be awarded twice for the same learning.
Precluded Course: PSYC 441 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for CADE 401.University Certificate in Career Development
PSYC 441 is not available for challenge.
“Learning by doing” can be a process of action and reflection that is sometimes called experiential learning. In general, experiential learning is used here to refer to the creation of meaning through direct experience. More specifically, experiential learning is learning that takes place outside of formal education and the classroom.
PSYC 441 is designed for practitioners who have been involved in experiential learning related to their work in career development. We often learn as much from our clients as they do from us. This course provides an opportunity for learners to reflect upon their work-based learning and to relate these reflections to theoretical constructs in the field of career development. Theory from related fields such as adult learning, psychology, and sociology can be introduced so long as the connections to career development and the personal work experience of the learner are made clear and remain paramount. Keeping the same caveats in mind, insights gained from the workplace can be combined with learning acquired from seminars, workshops, private study, travel, hobbies or other forms of informal learning.
This course is evaluated on a case study basis through production of a miniportfolio describing and documenting the experiential learning. The case study must be original work in the sense that it has not been part of a credit awarded elsewhere. Learners are expected to have worked as career development practitioners for several years, have familiarity with career development theory, and have the competence to express their reflections in writing at the senior undergraduate level.
PSYC 441 is part of the University Certificate in Career Development offered by the Psychology Centre.
The main task of the course is the production of a miniportfolio that is integrated with career development theory and that describes and attests to the person's experiential learning.
The miniportfolio is graded on a pass/fail system. The following components constitute major elements of the miniportfolio and must be completed satisfactorily:
- Personal Narrative
- Goals Paper
- Competence-Area Outline
- Learning Outcomes
- Related Documentation
- Course Description
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's onlineCalendar.
The course materials include a combined student manual, study guide, and assignment manual.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 1, Dec./02.
Updated May 26 2016 by Student & Academic Services