ERIC Number: ED477405
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Giving Credit: A Review of RPL and Credit Transfer in the Vocational Education and Training Sector, 1995-2001.
Bateman, Andrea; Knight, Brian
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) and credit transfer policy in Australia from 1995 to 2001 was examined through a review of Australian research discourse and an analysis of national data for the period. Selected findings were as follows: (1) RPL and credit transfer are most relevant to vocational education and training (VET) clients seeking full qualifications but are of negligible importance to students enrolled in non-award and subject-only programs; (2) among the factors that affect RPL and credit transfer rates, age appears to be the second in importance after the Australian Qualifications Framework category of the program undertaken; and (3) providers are offering RPL and credit transfer in different amounts. The following recommendations were offered to policymakers: (1) promote the term "assessment" to ensure that all purposes of assessment, including RPL, are clearly placed within the framework; (2) view RPL as a purpose of assessment with an important role in the training cycle, especially as a precursor to training; (3) investigate further analysis of the proposed benefits and barriers to RPL; and (4) conduct qualitative research to determine whether the current services offered by VET providers recognize the full extent of RPL and credit transfer entitlements among VET students. (Thirteen tables/figures are included. The bibliography lists 66 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Credits, Definitions, Educational Certificates, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Evaluation Criteria, Foreign Countries, Influences, Literature Reviews, Postsecondary Education, Prerequisites, Prior Learning, Recognition (Achievement), Secondary Education, Student Certification, Student Evaluation, Transfer Policy, Trend Analysis, Vocational Education
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia (Cat. no. 982; $22 Australian). Tel: 08 8333 8400; Fax: 08 8331 9211; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.ncver.edu.au. For full text: http://www.ncver.edu.au/research/proj/nr1032.pdf
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia