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Professional Discussion. Definition. A structured review of practice conducted between an assessor or a verifier and a candidate. Identifies and explores key aspects of competence not readily identifiable within the product evidence.

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definition
Definition
  • A structured review of practice conducted between an assessor or a verifier and a candidate
  • Identifies and explores key aspects of competence not readily identifiable within the product evidence
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Professional discussion offers N/SVQ candidates an additional method in the way they present their evidence.
  • It is not an easier method in the sense that candidates still have to prove their competence against each part of each element being claimed.
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It can be a less onerous process time-wise regarding the gathering and presentation of evidence.
  • Candidates would still identify the key pieces of evidence of competence.
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Use to supplement evidence gathered from other sources.
  • Assessors are then able to make judgements of competence and ask for supplementary evidence as necessary through questioning, the provision of additional product evidence, etc.
purpose of professional discussion
Purpose of professionalDiscussion
  • To probe the level of competence of the candidate

AND

  • Ensure that the candidate’s actions are based on a firm understanding of principles which support practice
areas for discussion
Areas for discussion
  • Base on performance criteria
  • Areas for discussion must be agreed with the candidate in advance
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How can a professional discussion be carried out?
  • Presentation by the candidate followed by ‘what if’ questions

OR

  • Use of scenarios

OR

  • A pre-prepared pro forma of questions. Consult the standards and base questions on these
questioning
Questioning
  • Reasons for selecting specific actions
  • Alternatives considered
  • Factors taken into consideration
  • Evaluation of success and failures
  • Learning points for the future
recording
Recording
  • Must provide an audit trail which can be verified by the External Verifier

Methods of Recording

  • Audio/ video tapes
  • Written summaries
  • Structured questioning – question checklist/ structured interview schedule
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