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Cognitive styles: enhancing the developmental component in National Vocational Qualifications

Cognitive styles: enhancing the developmental component in National Vocational Qualifications Outlines the findings of a study designed to inform current practice in developing UK National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) and Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ). Explores the link between an individual's cognitive style and their successful management and completion of such a structured award. Adopts the Kirton Adaptation-Innovation (KAI) instrument, as this represents an inventory designed to explore problem-solving and information management styles. Provides insights to illuminate particular coping strategies and methods using candidates' profiles and reports from interviews. The KAI results indicate that both adapters and innovators showing a low efficiency score managed more effectively with the storyboard and whole NVQ process. Points to the likely benefits for both candidates and organisations of appropriate supportive mechanisms to enhance the developmental aspects of gaining an NVQ. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Personnel Review Emerald Publishing

Cognitive styles: enhancing the developmental component in National Vocational Qualifications

Personnel Review , Volume 29 (2): 17 – Apr 1, 2000

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2000 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0048-3486
DOI
10.1108/00483480010295998
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Abstract

Outlines the findings of a study designed to inform current practice in developing UK National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) and Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ). Explores the link between an individual's cognitive style and their successful management and completion of such a structured award. Adopts the Kirton Adaptation-Innovation (KAI) instrument, as this represents an inventory designed to explore problem-solving and information management styles. Provides insights to illuminate particular coping strategies and methods using candidates' profiles and reports from interviews. The KAI results indicate that both adapters and innovators showing a low efficiency score managed more effectively with the storyboard and whole NVQ process. Points to the likely benefits for both candidates and organisations of appropriate supportive mechanisms to enhance the developmental aspects of gaining an NVQ.

Journal

Personnel ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 1, 2000

Keywords: National vocational qualifications; Development; Learning styles; Cognition

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