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.
1.1 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, social and leisure time activities. Recognising Prior Learning (RPL) is the process at which it recognises previous learning that has taken place in a formal or non-formal setting. Prior learning and work related experiences helps in identifying an individual’s strengths and weaknesses in self-development. Self development entails activities that improve awareness and identity, develop potentials and talents, build human capital that facilitate employability, enhancing quality of life to contribute in the realisation of goals and aspirations. As a student of Leadership and Management Level 5, I am gaining new knowledge that I will apply in my workplace. The advantage of prior learning is it validates the value of my learning and this will enable me to progress unto my profession or further my study to a higher level of management course. For the formal context this could mean through education, whilst for the non-formal may mean in the workplace and through life’s experiences. The process reviews learning which may have been acquired or mastered through various life experiences that includes professional responsibilities, civic or volunteer experiences, military training and independent study. 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...
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