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ERIC Number: EJ877390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
The Wider Benefits of Accreditation
Dicks, Linda; Taylor, David
Adults Learning, v16 n8 p26-27 Apr 2005
For the past two years, accredited learning has been made accessible to over 40 voluntary and community organisations through a sub-regional partnership of the Central London Learning and Skills Council, six London boroughs, representatives from further and higher education, and the authors' organisation--the London Open College Network (LOCN). These authors argue that the quality of adult and community learning can be strengthened considerably through accreditation. The authors discuss the on-going ESF/LID-funded project that aims to support the development of learning in the community and to encourage the achievement of nationally recognised credits for learners in the voluntary sector. LOCN, a licensee of the National Open College Network, naturally accepts the benefits to learners of working towards and gaining qualifications. Additionally, through the project, the authors wanted to monitor the benefits of accreditation to the organisations and the people who work there--how structural change can be introduced and sustained. The project has created a wide range of traceable benefits for the voluntary sector, the boroughs and for LOCN. From the authors' point of view, the OCN has developed improved ways of working with the sector, enabling more of the supposed hard-to-reach learners to access accredited learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)