27. 7. 2018
We develop knowledge throughout our lives, in various ways and under different circumstances. The validation of the non-formal and informal knowledge of adults is important because it allows us to rate all of our knowledge realistically and become aware of its importance. We develop the following in this area:
- procedures, tools and professional materials and
- we provide for the systemic incorporation of the field into adult education.
We also work professionally:
- on the coordination of key providers of the National Vocational Qualifications system (NPK);
- on the training of the members of committees for the validation of NPK;
- on the establishment of ties with key stakeholders and the entities tasked with the development of this field at home and abroad.
In the Slovenian education system, adult learning is validated and recognised for two purposes: for participation in formal education and the acquisition of national vocational qualifications (NPK). We also support a third purpose with our development projects at the SIAE: documentation and validation of adults’ knowledge and experience in order to ensure greater flexibility on the labour market, personal growth and the development of key competences. When developing and implementing the procedure for the validation of adults’ non-formal and informal learning, we follow international professional recommendations. Both the EU (2012) and the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop, 2015) define four key phases of the validation process: identification, documentation, assessment and certification. We develop professional materials and tools for the first three phases. The result of the validation process is a portfolio in physical and electronic format, an opinion of an adult education professional on the individual’s competences, and a plan for further education, employment and career development. We have outlined these activities most comprehensively in the manual entitled Determination, Validation and Recognition of Adults’ Non-formal and Informal Learning.
The quality of the work in this area is ensured through the training of professionals who carry out procedures for adult learning validation and through the development of approaches for the monitoring and evaluation of processes, results and effects of the validation.
Would you like to learn more about the validation of (your own) knowledge? Visit the web portal Validation and Recognition of Non-formal Learning.
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.