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ERIC Number: ED342890
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Modularisation and Vocational Education in Scotland.
Thomson, Sandy
In Scotland, vocational education at the professional level takes place in colleges and universities and at the craft and technician level, in further education colleges. Most of the further education/higher education curriculum has been modularized. The following benefits of modularization are claimed: rationalization of resource provision; accommodation of credit transfer; accreditation of experiential learning; tailoring of programs for corporate customers; facilitation of course redesign; improved access for part-time students; allowance of a significant degree of student choice; and improved feedback to students on their performance. Subjective perceptions of one educator's experience indicate that rationalization of provision and student choice appear to be less in evidence than predicted, but most of the remaining advantages of modularization seem to have been delivered. The main criticisms center on three general themes: fragmentation of the curriculum, individualization of the educational experience, and challenges to program management. The Scottish School of Further Education (SSFE) provides a program of 40 30-hour modules for vocational educators working in colleges of further education. It copes with program management by using a computer for student recordkeeping, two full-time office staff, and standard letters. Individualizing of the learning experience does not seem to be a major problem in practice. (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)