ERIC Number: ED372221
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Value Added: An Update. FEU Curriculum Information Series. Briefing Note.
Further Education Unit, London (England).
The measurement of value added (MVA) is a powerful tool that can help British further education colleges improve student and program performance. MVA can focus on individual learners, sectional management issues, and presentation of colleges' achievements to external audiences. MVA may be used for the following purposes: improving guidance and selection, better identifying learning support needs, reviewing and target setting, managing for quality improvement, marketing the college, and maintaining public accountability. A number of issues must be resolved before further education colleges can justify taking action on the basis of MVA. The major issues in the debate surrounding MVA are the degree of correlation between input and output data and the extent to which dissimilar data can be aggregated while still permitting sound conclusions to be drawn. Despite these issues, further education colleges and national bodies have expressed extensive interest in developing the MVA. The best use of MVA has been found to occur when the validity of findings is examined critically, crude comparisons between performance in different subjects are avoided, and systems are introduced and conclusions expressed in ways that are likely to motivate learners and staff to improve rather than to exclude them. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Unit, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom