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How do we evaluate and validate the informal, self-directed learning that happens outside of school?

How do we evaluate and validate the informal, self-directed learning that happens outside of school?

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Asked by H.Donna, Last updated: Jul 08, 2020

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krisblade

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Krisblade, Writer, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Answered May 22, 2020

Many developed countries, realizing that having finished studying at the university, the person subsequently not motivated to receive new competencies, began to introduce a system of non-formal education. Now the revolution in education is beginning;skills are becoming more popular than the profession, and non-formal education is becoming a way to be competitive in the labor market.

In fact, many modern professions do not require a diploma, since first of all, your skills, level of knowledge in a particular area are evaluated. Also in different countries, the legislation provides for some ways to confirm qualifications obtained through non-formal education. Soon, self-obtained qualifications can be confirmed by an official document without additional training in an educational institution.

 

Markda John

Markda John

Answered Mar 28, 2018

In order to evaluate and validate the informal, self-directed learning that happens outside of the school, one must first consider the type of informal learning that is under question. In general, there is no efficient way to evaluate informal training outside the school other than by checking practical skills in whatever area that which the knowledge is to be checked in.

For instance, people usually get trained in communication skills and professional ethics outside the school in their work places. Conducting an MCQ based test to test one’s professional ethics or emotional intelligence would be a good way to evaluate such learning.

 

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