By Cecilia McKelvey
Right here, the authors discover useful methods of enforcing APL for the advantage of contributors, employers and the group as an entire, exhibiting the way it could make a true contribution to equality of chance. Chapters examine the actual wishes of varied sectors of the group, and the way APL can be utilized to satisfy these wishes. For ethnic groups, these whose first language isn't really English, and those that arrive in Britain with skills from out of the country, the APL approach could be a important degree within the look for schooling, employment and equality of expertise. individuals with disabilities locate that APL may also help holiday via limitations and provide new breadth of chance, while for ladies it may well result in better popularity and stronger occupation development. by utilizing case reviews and sensible examples the authors supply particular information on tools of implementation, employees improvement and carrying on with aid to assist tutors, managers and senior employees make powerful use of APL.
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Further, ‘Work is needed on the notion of credit, and how it can be defined to ease transition between higher, further, adult and work based learning’ (Learning Outcomes in Higher Education 1992). The unit stressed the importance of developing appropriate methods of assessment in higher education which correspond to those used outside, and thus ensuring continuity and progress for students. These issues are of particular relevance to people from different ethnic backgrounds who have suffered in the past through the inflexibility of institutions and the failure of the education system to cater for their needs.
The context of the learning is therefore dismissed. For women and those with special needs this may be very damaging, particularly if experience fails to meet standards of competence. The opening up of the world of unpaid work to assessment through the NCVQ system is potentially an important breakthrough in giving value to the vast number of people, estimated at six million, who are occupied full time in unpaid work. By defining work as ‘purposeful activity with critical outcomes’ (NCVQ 1988) the NCVQ and most of the awarding bodies have opened up the prospect of gaining vocational qualifications through APL for those involved in unpaid work.
Observation is indisputable—many other forms of evidence are not. • Written assignments could be written by anyone unless they are done in your presence. They therefore require questioning. • Product assessment requires probing questions from a qualified assessor to ensure that the product has been produced by the candidate. 24 APL: Equal Opportunities for All? • Letters of validation can, if properly constructed, be very useful but should always be questioned and verified if any doubts arise during questioning.