Recognition is deserved, qualifications are merited: where does that leave fairness in accreditation?


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Author: Gibbs, Paul; Armsby, Pauline


This article contextualises the use of accreditation for prior experiential learning (APEL) in European higher education by analysing the notions of desert and merit. We propose that the credentialising of certain types of knowledge can lead to a narrow definition of education which merely endeavours to serve consumer imperatives so as to market the individual in the work place rather than develop the essence of their being. The article advocates judgement not rules, codes or descriptors in making assessments of the worth of the personal and professional knowledge, experience and...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Higher education; Pathways; Assessment; Lifelong learning

Keywords: Recognition of prior learning; Accreditation of prior learning

Geographic subjects: Europe

Published: Oxford, England: Blackwell Publishing, 2011

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Journal volume: 46

Journal number: 3

Journal date: September 2011

Pages: pp. 388-396

Related items: TD/TNC 105.287

ISSN: 0141-8211, 1465-3915 (online)

Special issue: Key competences in Europe

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 105.288

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