Integrating Practice with Theory
Part of the SSSC Practice Learning Qualification suite of learning objects, the learning opportunities in this module are particularly suitable to those tackling Level 9 and Level 10 of the Award.
Section Two, ‘What is Theory?’, helps the student consider his or her own views about theory and how it helps in making judgements in practice. The remainder of the learning object introduces a particular model to assist learners integrate practice with theory: the Theory Circle.
Section Three, ‘The Service User Profile’, explores the first part of the Theory Circle. This is a simple but engaging way to build up a picture of a particular service user’s situation. Importantly this tool is designed for use directly with learners and service users.
Section Four, ‘The Theory Circle’ outlines the second stage of the model. Here, you can encourage your learner(s) to link theory to service users and their situations. The theory comes in two types: theory to inform and theory to intervene. These are likened to two halves of a circle. Together they serve to contextualise the service user and prompt ideas about how to help them.
Section Five ‘The Andrew Castle Case’ relates to the final stage of the Theory Circle. Here we are introduced to a range of theories to inform and a range of theories to intervene. These allow you to compare and contrast the values embedded in the different theories and the contrasting skills required. By using the same case material the practical implications of choosing one perspective or approach over another is more evident.
Section Six, ‘Conclusion’, summarises some of the main learning points made in the course of your journey through this learning object.
The activities contained in this learning object are designed to help you demonstrate the following learning outcomes from Levels 9 and 10 of the Award as stated in the arrangements documents from the Scottish Qualifications Authority.