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ERIC Number: ED477405
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 46
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-74096-078-5
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)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia