Validation – recognition of prior learning – means to recognize what people actually know, and particularly the results of learning outside formal education. We develop knowledge about validation, from an individual and an organizational perspective.
Learning is lifelong and lifewide, in and outside worklife, education, training etc. The need for validation – recognition of prior learning – could arise when we move between different contexts, for example when we apply for an education programme and want to get credit for learning in other contexts. One type of movement that could imply need for validation is migration, where it also to a higher degree could be a matter of evaluation and recognition of merits from formal education in other countries. In our research we have, among other things, studied how validation is organized and developed on local level, quality work in validation, experiences among participants in validation processes, and problems concerning to what extent individuals actually get recognition for their prior learning in the validation process.
Linköping University is leading in educational research on validation in Sweden, particularly concerning vocational validation, and we are also among the more prominent in this research area worldwide.
Funding: Several sources, e.g. The Swedish Research Council, The Nordic Council of Ministers via NVL (Nordic Network for adult learning), and Linköping University.