Introduction to Practice
Classroom & Community Support
Applied Community Studies
Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction
- Problem based learning
- Field observations
This introductory course explores the components of exemplary practice and service delivery through cooperative learning, lecture, guest speakers and observations in the field. Practitioner roles and responsibilities in a range of CCS field practice, which include: behaviour intervention, classroom assistance, community support and supported employment.
The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:
- Observation of and reflection on the self-in-action are integral to on-going practitioner development.
- Competent practitioners consider different hypotheses when interpreting their observations. Their conclusions are tentative, open to reflection, review and revision.
- Field observations and recordings form critical links between course work and practice.
- What is observed becomes substance for discussion and reflection.
- Study and observation of skilled practitioners provide insight into roles, responsibilities and contexts of practice
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Practice self-assessment of CCS knowledge, attitudes, values and skills and supports the cooperative learning of self and others.
- Reflect on own knowledge, attitudes, values and skills and link personal learning evidence to program and course learning outcomes
- Identify resources for feedback, initiate learning objectives, plan to bridge gaps and improve abilities
- Seek out new learning resources and opportunities using a variety of sources
- Incorporate elements of critical thinking into decision making and problem solving
- Communicate in a respectful manner, share group workload and encourage others as appropriate through Co-operative Learning
- Work through group issues and seek appropriate assistance when necessary
- Describe the impact of the history of service delivery and the societal attitudes on the past, present and future of people living with a disability.
- Investigates the history of services for people who have a disability
- Describes a variety of service delivery models within the four main CCS areas of practice, i.e., early intervention, K-12 and post secondary education, community living and supported employment
- Examines the values associated with a variety of service delivery models
- Considers the possible intended and unintended outcomes of a variety of service delivery models
- Examine the implications of relevant legislation regarding adults and children who have an intellectual disability
- Considers the implications for the parent as employer and applicable legislation
- Describes the relevant protection legislation for children and adults with an intellectual disability
- Examines the relevant provincial education policy for Individualized Education Plans for children identified as special needs within the K-12 school system
- Investigates the implications of informed decision making and relevant guardianship legislation for children and adults who have an intellectual disability
- Investigates the implications of other applicable legislation, e.g., Freedom of Information, etc.
- Explore practitioner roles, responsibilities and identify criteria of exemplary practice within the four main CCS areas of practice.
- Observes practitioners at work
- Describes a selection of current practitioner roles and responsibilities in the four main CCS areas of practice, i.e., early intervention, K-12 and post-secondary education, community living and supported employment
- Investigates existing practice carriers and opportunities
- Notes the language and labels used in practice settings
- Identifies the legal and ethical expectations of a CCS practitioner
- Describes components of exemplary practice
- Explains personal possibilities of exemplary practice
- Promote the health and safety of self and others at practice sites.
- Identify general health and safety awareness practices
- Demonstrate basic principles of cleanliness and body mechanics
- Identify proper use of non-motorized wheelchairs
- Report significant health and safety observations
- Investigate the prevention, indicators and reporting of abuse
Means of Assessment
Typical means of evaluation would include:
- Mid-Point and Final Portfolio
- Self and Peer Assessments
- Site Visit Analysis