Jason has a clear sense of accreditation for performance analysts which he has shared in discussions. He has prompted me to think about how we might develop a taxonomy of performance analysis activity that maps pathways.
My interest has been in how we might offer an inclusive model of accreditation that would be acceptable to and of interest to the sport industry (defined very broadly) and education providers. My hope is that many of the vocational requirements of national education award bodies can be addressed to ensure and assure equivalence.
There are ongoing discussions at Accreditation Organisation PAS on LinkedIn too.
In my three-week journey, I have been thinking about competencies, prior experience and learning, formal education content and lifelong learning opportunities. I do like Jason’s focus on continuing professional development and the issues such development have for currency and a global, industry standard of practice.
I am thinking about how the pathways to and in accreditation for performance analysis can use open portfolios to share and discuss practice.
My hope is that an open sharing of what we do, and imagine, might connect performance analysts as a community (or communities) of practice. I like the idea that we can become produsers of the knowledge capital that we create in our passion for observing and analysing performance.
This week a friend directed me to Ben Mayhew‘s blog. I really enjoyed the scope and detail of Ben’s work. He, like many other young graduates, offers a vibrancy to digital performance analysis. I think that Ben and all his colleagues have a great deal to share as we contemplate the ties that bind us as performance analysts. I am convinced that we must include all those entering the performance analysis profession to work through the identification of a dynamic 21st century set of skills and dispositions.
Our accreditation proposals can address loose and strong ties. I do think this requires a sensitive approach to accreditation that values diversity and personal learning journeys. Jason had made a start on this delicate task. This post is my way of working through some of the ideas that the conversation has prompted me to consider.
I wonder if you think we can have an accreditation system that is open and inclusive whilst still meeting the rigours of professional standards and educational relevance and resilience.