A reconstructive analysis of the potential for critical learning and change in recognition of prior learning: a Habermasian analysis
2014 (English)In: British Educational Research Journal, ISSN 0141-1926, E-ISSN 1469-3518, Vol. 40, no 4, 682-698 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper analyses a recognition of prior learning (RPL) placement process where health care assistants' prior learning is recognised through dialogue with and observation by tutors. This process is part of a procedure that uses RPL for accreditation through the administration of an in-service training program in the health care sector. The aim of the reconstructive analysis in this paper is to examine the potential for critical learning and change in the RPL placement process by analysing this procedure using Habermas's theory of communicative action. Although prior research has justifiably been critical of the use of RPL for accreditation, these critiques are not always helpful. Rather than simply rejecting this form of RPL, this paper argues for a balance between the social environment (i.e., lifeworld) in the workplace and the education system. Viewed and analysed from the angle of communicative action, the paper argues that when RPL for accreditation is founded within worthwhile learning experiences and conducted through mutual understanding, critical learning and change can be achieved. RPL for accreditation can then be something more than a process of instrumental assessment.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. Vol. 40, no 4, 682-698 p.
Recognition of Prior Learning, Communicative Action, Rational Reconstruction, Jürgen Habermas, Adult Education, Adult Learning
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-81394DOI: 10.1002/berj.3113ISI: 000340518200005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-81394DiVA: diva2:552203
On the day of the defence date the title of the manuscript was A reconstruction of the potential for critical learning and change in recognition of prior learning: A Habermasian analysis.2012-09-132012-09-132014-09-15