Innovative instruments for the accreditation of vocational learning outcomes: recognition and validation of prior learning in vocationally related education in Ireland
Rami, Justin and Lalor, John (2008) Innovative instruments for the accreditation of vocational learning outcomes: recognition and validation of prior learning in vocationally related education in Ireland. In: ECER 2008 - The European Conference on Educational Research 2008: From Teaching to Learning?, 8-12 Sept 2008, Goteburg, Sweden.
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This paper seeks to outline the key aspects of the validation and recognition of prior learning in the vocational education sector in Ireland In line with the current EU CREDIVOC project special attention will be paid to the common sector area, in this case engineering. McCarthy et al (2001) suggest that ‘VET systems can only be
adequately understood with reference to the dynamic set of interrelationships between the education and training systems, the industrial relations system, the organizational structure of industry, and the class and status relations of the wider society as
reflected in its political system’ (p. 425). It is important to observe that the context of
any situation is relevant, not more so than in Ireland due to the rapid economic growth
the country has experienced in the last ten to fifteen years. With Europe’s drive to
consolidate its policies within the economic sectors through its members towards a
knowledge economy (Brinkley & Lee 2006) the streamlining and harmonization of qualifications systems is key to this success. To help with this success it is firstly
important to map current trends throughout Europe in vocational sectors.
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