Section 4: PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING (PDP) Edge Hill University regards Personal Planning Development, the continuing process of review, reflection and action-planning as an integral part of each learner’s development. The primary objective for PDP is to improve the capacity of individual learners to understand what and how they are learning, and to review, plan and take responsibility for their learning, helping them:
Become more effective, independent and confident self-directed learners.
Understand how they are learning and relate their learning to a wider context.
Improve their general skills for study and career management.
Articulate personal goals and evaluate progress towards their achievement and encourage a positive attitude to learning throughout life.
With appropriate support, you will be able to:
Create records containing information on the qualities and skills you can evidence and use for purposes such as applying for a job or a further course of study.
Reflect upon, review, act upon and where appropriate record, your personal and academic development and related action plans.
Professional Development Portfolio With the increased recognition that employers are seeking graduates with a range of skills beyond those acquired through their theoretical academic learning, this programme allows for the development of a wider skill set. Experiential work based learning is highly valued by stakeholders in criminal justice and health and social care sectors, with them emphasising the need for students to have longer periods of placement time allocated within their studies. Relevant standards such as those identified for a support, time and recovery worker within health and social care jobs, also highlight the importance of such skills. With this is mind all work relating to PDP will have the importance of employability at its core. Students undertaking this programme are likely to have a diverse range of interests and so the practice placement will be self-selected, allowing personal choice and the opportunity to research a range of careers that may appeal to you. More information regarding the development of your individual portfolio will be given in the study skills module.