Self-analysis by the STARR method
If you want learning gained from professional experience to be counted toward completion of a curriculum in the framework of APEL, you must attach self-analysis to the application. Self-analysis may be required also in case of learning gained from continuing education courses and applying for combined recognition. One option is to prepare self-analysis by using the STARR method.
Recommended: select one relevant example from your professional experience to provide evidence of acquisition of each learning outcome.
S – situation; the situation, where the experience was gained (the background, parties, location, etc.), e.g. description of the place of work or a particular single case.
T – tasks; the tasks and roles performed, e.g. position in the organisational structure, responsibilities, tasks performed on a regular basis and the person who assigned the tasks.
A – activities; the activities and methods (techniques, training, principles for the selection of methods and alternatives).
R – results; the most important results (the best, but also the most surprising results that made to analyse and alter the actions); who, how, and on the basis of which assessed the results; what was done with the results.
- It is best if the explanation is provided on the principle "then and now" – the applicant shall distinguish between previous and current results, describe the difference between them and show his or her development.
R – reflection; the analysis, which indicates the links between the applicant's competencies and the learning outcomes of the course applied for.
- The analysis shall be a logical conclusion of the previous parts and the evidence provided.
- Point out the areas what you could learn and develop, what went well, what could have been done differently.
- The assessor should, by reading the self-analysis and comparing it with the evidence, understand whether you have acquired the required knowledge/skills.
In 2016, from March to June, I participated in an adult education project X.
One of my tasks was to promote the project and adult education courses, to write a review of the courses and to offer the review to be published in media.
I studied thoroughly the relevant legislation, previously published articles on adult education and communication theories and mapped different institutions that provide adult education.
The review was published in newspaper Y and in online editions A, B, C and Z. The project manager and other team members gave positive feedback and I got the assignment to write another article on the same topic.
When writing the review I learned to search for, collect and systematise relevant information. I used IT tools to analyse the data. I learned the basics of article writing, which I used in the performance of a real assignment. I acquired a completely new skill - how to sell my work. At first we planned to publish the review in two publications, but two more publications expressed interest in the review.
The review has been attached as evidence.