Fieldwork: Working with Young People Demonstrating Divergent Behaviour II

MQF Level: 7

ECTS Value: 7 ECTS

Self Study Hours: 45

Contact Hours: 10

Assessment Hours: 30

Duration: 14 sessions

Supervised Placement and Practice Hours: 90


Overall Objectives and Outcomes

Fieldwork offers the possibility to students to experience work integrated learning.  Students, on the ground, can observe and understand what working with youngsters having divergent behaviour entails. They will be encouraged to use critical thinking with the aim of solving problems while collaborating with other professionals in the field. Students will have the opportunity to make connections between theory and practice. They will also carry out self-reflection exercises with the goal of considering recommendations for change in favour of these youngsters.

By the end of this programme, participants should be able to:


a. Actively participate and reflect at a workplace through an informal learning experience;

b. Examine the skills that the individual has in the field applying theoretical concepts in practical situations;

c. Reflect and work on what they consider may be weak points in their work with young individuals demonstrating divergent behaviours.


a. Develop a holistic understanding approach to challenging behaviour;

b. Acquire ethical considerations particularly when reporting in their diary;

c. Develop knowledge and appreciation of the services provided for young people demonstrating divergent behaviour and their respective functions;

d. Appreciate the demands of what is required to run the services provided for young people with divergent behaviour;

e. Contextualize theoretical aspects explaining divergent behaviour in young people in practical situations.


a. Formulate activities that help youngsters to steer away from deviant behaviour;

b. Communicate better with other professionals working in the field;

c. Practice critical thinking skills in the day-to-day running of the services provided;

d. Evaluate the roles and responsibilities of other professionals serving in this sector.

Assessment Methods

This module will be assessed through: Reflective Diary and Presentation.

Suggested Readings

Core Reading List
  1. Botella, M., Nelson, J., & Zenasni, F. (2019). It is time to observe the creative process: How to use a creative process report diary (CRD). The Journal of Creative Behaviour53(2), 211-221.
  2. Cottrell, S. (2023). Critical thinking skills: Effective analysis, argument and reflection. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.
  3. Copland, F. (2018). Observation and fieldnotes. The Palgrave handbook of applied linguistics research methodology, 249-268.
  4. Hyers, L. L. (2018). Diary methods. Oxford University Press.
  5. Lennard, D. (2018). Strategic Communication at Work: The Impact Paradigm. Taylor and Francis.
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