Recognition of prior learning: Is our performance test of English a good fit for the purpose?

D. Pilkinton-Pihko, J. Suviniitty

    Tutkimustuotos: Artikkeli kirjassa/konferenssijulkaisussaConference article in proceedingsScientificvertaisarvioitu

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    Living in learning societies has brought an increased focus to lifelong learning and educational policies that support it. One such policy is recognition of prior learning (RPL). In Finnish higher education, the most popular procedure for RPL is a test. This raises the question of how well this assessment method serves its purpose. To examine this theoretically, we used Andersson's 2006 template. Empirically, we gathered anonymous data on the type and range of prior learning among 273 students from engineering and industrial design seeking RPL of English, and analyzed the data in Excel using raw numbers. This analysis shows that the tasks in our RPL test of English differs considerably from those reported in our survey of RPL seekers. This mismatch indicates that we should either adopt an open, divergent assessment method, such as a portfolio, or change our undergraduate English curricula for both engineering and industrial design to better align them with the working-life communication tasks identified in this study - if a closed, convergent assessment method (such as a test) is preferred. Either way, the change would provide better support for RPL and for development action at our university related to strengthening academic-industry relations.

    OtsikkoProceedings of the 45th SEFI Annual Conference 2017 - Education Excellence for Sustainability, SEFI 2017
    KustantajaSociété européenne pour la formation des ingénieurs
    ISBN (elektroninen)9789899887572
    TilaJulkaistu - 2017
    OKM-julkaisutyyppiA4 Artikkeli konferenssijulkaisussa
    TapahtumaAnnual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education - Terceira Island, Azores, Angra do Heroismo, Portugali
    Kesto: 18 syysk. 201721 syysk. 2017
    Konferenssinumero: 45


    ConferenceAnnual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education
    KaupunkiAngra do Heroismo


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