ERIC Number: ED354398
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding Accreditation: Ways of Recognising Achievement.
This paper is designed to help education and training providers in the United Kingdom understand what accreditation options are available and choose solutions that match their particular needs. It aims to help them appreciate the importance of accreditation to adult learners, understand some terminology, know what choices there are in offering accreditation, understand the ways different accreditation systems work, and use the support and experience of the awarding bodies to enhance opportunities for adult learners. Section 1 explains the reasons for providing accreditation and assessment that support and enhance learning, access, and progression. Section 2 describes the principles and processes of accreditation and clarifies some terminology used in accreditation and the differences between the various bodies that use the terms. Section 3 explains how some of the more widely used accreditation systems work and the ways in which they apply the terminology to their own procedures. Section 4 summarizes the main characteristics of each accreditation system. Section 5 provides a checklist for managers and practitioners of factors to consider when choosing accreditation or reviewing existing arrangements. Section 6 identifies issues that specifically affect adult learners and areas where further clarification and development work is needed. Section 6 also provides a subject index and a list of the full names and addresses of the awarding bodies involved in the systems described in section 3. (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accrediting Agencies, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Competency Based Education, Educational Certificates, Educational Quality, Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, Prior Learning, State Standards, Student Certification, Student Evaluation, Vocabulary
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Unit, London (England). Unit for the Development of Adult Continuing Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)