Lawrence O.W. Lingad
OSCA No.: 4635
M5.31 Managing Own Continuing Professional Development
1. Be able to review personal and work-related development experiences, aims, objectives and priorities.
2.1 Evaluate prior learning and work-related experience to identify personal strength and weaknesses in self-development.
Humans by nature never stop learning; we undertake learning at different stages of our lives and acquire skills and competences in variety of areas. These learning may have been certified (by an academic or educational body) whilst others are not certified learning through work, ...view middle of the document...
Once recognised through this process, prior learning can be utilised to gain credit or exemption for qualification for personal and career development. (Recognition of Prior Learning)
The term and the assessment or evaluation criteria being used varies between governing body, institutions and countries. There is the popularity of the need to recognise informal learning so as to make learning accessible to everyone. To justify the need for RPL, I have discussed some of its benefits below.
Benefits of Recognition of Prior Learning
* It validates the worth of learning achieved by themselves
* Increases self-esteem and confidence
* Encourages learners to pursue education
* May reduce the cost of college education by eliminating duplication of learning
* Enables progression to other programme of study
* Increases learner’s perception and understanding that learning is a lifelong process
The Educational Institution:
* Provides a vital service for the community, business and industry
* Financial gain through increase in student recruitment and retention
* Increases in efficiency by reducing the need for unnecessary training
* Enables for more appropriate learner placement in programmes
The Workplace and the Community:
* It encourages workplace partnership with the educational institution
* It helps in recognising lifelong learning and society’s need for a productive and capable workforce.
(Benefits of PRL)
In my own understanding, Prior Learning is knowledge and experiences from the past that can be used continuously in the future. The mentioned benefits above states that Prior Learning can motivate the learner to achieve more goals; a better understanding and perception on new learning matter and because something has been accomplished in the past, the learner developed pride and self-esteem to overcome new learning topic.
“Learning is the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience” (David A. Kolb, 1984)
In Kolb’s theory, the ingredients for development of new concepts are provided by relative new experiences. Kolb states that learning needs abstract concepts that can be applied flexibly in different situations. (Kolb, 1984)
In every situation that present itself, an accompanying learned experience is needed to overcome and adapt with the situation. The knowledge acquired from these experiences is valuable to come up with better decisions and as a better manager.
There are four stages learning cycle that represent Kolb’s Experiential Learning Style Theory:
Concrete Experience - a new experience of situation is encountered or a reinterpretation of existing experience.
Reflective Observation – a thorough thinking of the new experience, particularly in any inconsistencies between experience and understanding.
Abstract Conceptualisation – reflecting on new experience gives rise to a new idea or a modification of an existing abstract concept....