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Lecturer - Further Education

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At a Glance... header image

Lecturers in further education teach academic or vocational subjects to students.


The Work header image

Further education (FE) lecturers teach one or more related academic or vocational subjects. The students are of mixed abilities and may be studying full-time or part-time. Duties include:

  • planning and designing courses
  • preparing lectures and demonstrations
  • assessing and reporting on the progress of each student
  • setting and marking tests or similar exercises

Lecturers may also be involved in organising work experience for their students. Lecturers may also use audio-visual materials and computers to stimulate interest and learning, and to produce course materials.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.

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Supervise students' fieldwork, internship, and research work.

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Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.

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Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as children's literature, learning and development, and reading instruction.

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Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.

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Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.

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Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.

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Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.

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Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.

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Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Training and Teaching Others:  Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Coaching and Developing Others:  Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Psychology:  Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Sociology and Anthropology:  Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Learning Strategies:   Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a lecturer, you will need to be self-motivated and able to motivate others. You will also need good communication skills, and organisational and time management abilities to cope with teaching commitments and administrative tasks.


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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
  Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
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Organisation: Irish Federation of University Teachers
  Address: 11 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 661 0909
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Organisation: TUI - Teachers Union of Ireland
  Address: 73 Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6
  Tel: (01) 492 2588
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Organisation: Department of Education and Skills
  Address: Marlborough St, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 889 6400
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Organisation: Irish Vocational Education Association
  Address: McCann House, 99 Marlborough Rd, Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 496 6033
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