Assessment of prior learning in higher education: a review from a validity perspective
2010 (English)In: Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, ISSN 0260-2938, E-ISSN 1469-297X, Vol. 35, no 7, 783-797 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The process of giving official acknowledgment to formal, informal and non-formal prior learning is commonly labelled as assessment, accreditation or recognition of prior learning (APL), representing a practice that is expanding in higher education in many countries. This paper focuses specifically on the assessment part of APL, which undoubtedly is central to the whole process, through a review of research in this area and an analysis of the reviewed studies from a validity perspective. The research reviewed (published 1990–2007) is categorised into empirical as well as more theoretically oriented publications, with a quantitative dominance of the latter. According to the validity analysis, a majority of the studies conducted in this area relate to the evidential basis of test interpretation and use, primarily providing theoretical rationales and theories for a variety of practices. The consequential basis of test interpretation and use has not been studied to any larger extent, resulting in a lack of both theoretical and empirical studies dealing with this aspect of validity.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge , 2010. Vol. 35, no 7, 783-797 p.
assessment, recognition, accreditation, prior learning, higher
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-31079DOI: 10.1080/02602930902977798ISI: 000283692600003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-31079DiVA: diva2:290813