ERIC Number: ED398810
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Professional Competence and Higher Education: The ASSET Programme.
Winter, Richard; Maisch, Maire
This book describes the ASSET (Accreditation for Social Services Experience and Training) Program, a British program which addresses the need for effective education and development of social workers and a model variant of ASSET used to train engineers. The work draws on three different traditions: the principles of National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) in defining precise outcomes; the tradition of critical and independent professional practice; and the university tradition of theoretical understanding and rigorous questioning and assessment. After an introductory chapter, chapter 2 outlines the development of the two ASSET Programs and curriculum model. Chapter 3 focuses on the role of an empirically based curriculum and presents a functional analysis of competencies. Chapter 4 identifies ways in which the ASSET model differs from the NVQ format and presents a general model of professional learning. Chapter 5 focuses on practice and knowledge, and discusses whether practice should be viewed as knowledge. Chapter 6 discusses the development of an expert community to carry out assessment responsibilities. Chapter 7 presents examples of work from individual candidates' portfolios. Chapter 8 discusses the role of the workplace as a context for education. Chapter 9 evaluates the Social Work ASSET Programme after 5 years of operation. Chapter 10 focuses on current and future developments. Eleven appendices present various models, evaluation forms and an explanation of the peer-group process. (Contains over 200 references.) (CK)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Curriculum Design, Engineering, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Learning Strategies, Measurement Techniques, Models, Outcomes of Education, Professional Development, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Social Work, Theory Practice Relationship
Falmer Press, Taylor & Francis, 1900 Frost Road, Suite 101, Bristol, PA 19007-1598 (clothbound: ISBN-0-7507-0556-6; paperback: ISBN-0-7507-0557-4 ($26.95).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom