ERIC Number: ED335534
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Modules--Teaching, Learning and Assessment. The Views of Students, Staff and Employers Involved in the National Certificate. [SCRE Publication 110. Practitioner MiniPaper 11.]
Black, Harry; And Others
The changes in teaching, learning, and assessment brought about by the introduction of the National Certificate in Scotland were assessed. Data were collected through interviews with and a survey of 511 teaching staff (398 responses) and 1,646 students (1,277 responses) in a number of colleges throughout Scotland and a survey of 344 employers (68 usable responses). Teaching staff and employers also made additional comments on the National Certificate. Findings indicated that employers liked the emphasis on practical and applied learning. Staff and students indicated the importance of teaching more than was covered in the learning outcomes, but few staff believed that it was being achieved. Employers liked the flexibility of negotiating programs to meet their needs, but small employers seemed to find it difficult to take advantage of flexibility. Some data suggested that employers and employees were less than enthusiastic about being involved in training. Employers believed that in-house training met present and future needs of the company and college-based training was geared to future needs. Staff claimed to be using student-centered techniques and welcomed the wider use of a variety of teaching methods. Students felt that the teaching methods used were interesting and motivating. Some employers were concerned that the assessment system did not pose a sufficient challenge to students. Students liked the diagnostic approach to assessment. Staff had some reservations about assessment. (YLB)
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Competency Based Education, Developed Nations, Educational Research, Employer Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Formative Evaluation, Interviews, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Learning Modules, Learning Strategies, Postsecondary Education, Student Attitudes, Student Certification, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Vocational Education
Scottish Council for Research in Education, 15 St. John Street, Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 8JR United Kingdom (4.50 pounds sterling).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)