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Foto på Fredriik Sandberg av Theo Hagman-Rogowski

Fredrik Sandberg

Docent | Universitetslektor

Foto på Fredriik Sandberg av Theo Hagman-Rogowski

RPL for accreditation in higher education - As a process of mutual understanding or merely lifeworld colonisation?

Författare

  • Fredrik Sandberg
  • Per Andersson

Summary, in English

This article focuses on a process of recognition of prior learning (RPL) in higher education. It is based on experiences from a project carried out in collaboration between the University of Lund, Linköping University and two trade unions in Sweden. The aim of the project was to find ways of recognising prior learning for accreditation of course credits at university level. In the project and its analysis, Habermas' theory of communicative action was used as theoretical underpinning. During the project we carried out a thematic analysis based on interviews. The analysis suggested that the participants had a mystified view of higher education that RPL must be considered a learning process and that the participants' prior learning can be characterised as practical wisdom. These themes guided the development of the project. In a retrospective analysis, language proficiency seemed to play a significant role for the outcome of the process. The conclusion suggests that a more fair and valid assessment of the participant's prior learning could be accomplished by focusing on RPL as a process of mutual understanding. However, a critical appraisal of the process suggests that RPL for accreditation is problematic and could be seen as a colonisation of the lifeworld.

Avdelning/ar

  • ELLIIT: the Linköping-Lund initiative on IT and mobile communication

Publiceringsår

2011-12

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

767-780

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education

Volym

36

Issue

7

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

Taylor & Francis

Nyckelord

  • accreditation
  • colonisation
  • Habermas
  • higher education
  • mutual understanding
  • recognition of prior learning

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 0260-2938