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Accreditation of Prior Learning in Business Schools

Management Development Review

ISSN: 0962-2519

Article publication date: 1 June 1994



Discusses the strategic and political issues associated with Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) in consideration of its potential contribution to the staff, curriculum and organizational development activities of business schools. In recognizing that APL is not an autonomous process but an integral part of competence‐based assessment, political pressures exist to shift vocational curricula to an outcome‐based assessment model, with these new forms of competence‐based qualifications leading, rather than following, education and training. This means that business schools will need to develop the specificity of their curricula offering to an extent previously considered unnecessary and to respond proactively to potential benefits emerging from acceptance of, and commitment to, the ongoing structural revision of the vocational, educational and training system.



Newton, R.J. (1994), "Accreditation of Prior Learning in Business Schools", Management Development Review, Vol. 7 No. 3, pp. 9-16.




Copyright © 1994, MCB UP Limited

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