Recognition of prior learning through mutual understanding
2008 (English)In: NERA Congress,2008, 2008Conference paper (Other academic)
This paper will discuss the recognition of prior learning (RPL) through a Habermasian perspective. The discussions are based on experiences from a project financed by The Swedish National Commission on Validation. The project was carried through in collaboration between the University of Lund, Linköping University and the union trade organizations The Swedish Municipal Workers- Union and The Union of Civil Servants. The project sought to find a way to recognize prior learning in working life and compare this knowledge to the content of courses at university level. The purpose of this paper is twofold. On the one hand the practical development work is outlined and described. On the other an analysis of the project is done. The theoretical thread is drawn from Jürgen Habermas- theory of communicative action -used as a tool in analysis as well as in the practical development of the project. The analysis shows that academic terms and assessment have a colonizing effect maintained by the system of higher education. Written language also seems to play a major role in the assessment of RPL. These results ended up in the development of mutual conversations, as a response to the colonizing aspects. The mutual conversations have the purpose of integrating working life knowledge with academic knowledge, to open up for mutual understandings from the lifeworld and from this to make the system of higher education more transparent and eligible in the RPL process. Learning processes further seemed to occur in the RPL process, making the participants learn how to express prior learning.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Recognition of prior learning, communicative action, lifeworld, system, Habermas, higher education
National CategorySocial Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-42097Local ID: 60453OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-42097DiVA: diva2:262952