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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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Abstract

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.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:European Educational Research Association; Vocational Education; APEL; RPL;
Subjects:Social Sciences > Education
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Education Studies
Official URL:http://www.eera-ecer.eu/ecer/ecer2008/
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
Funders:EERA
ID Code:4518
Deposited On:23 Apr 2009 12:23 by Justin Rami. Last Modified 23 Apr 2009 12:24

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