SPRINT accreditation is founded on Don Schon’s concept of the Reflective Practitioner. For Schon, professional competence consists of 3 core elements:
- Autonomy: the ability to act independently and to take responsibility
- Improvisation (reflection-in-action): adapting one’s practice to the contingencies of the work in hand
- Learning (reflection-on-action): looking back critically on how one’s practice could be improved
Accreditation has therefore been designed to be:
- Practice-based: the assessment is based on actual SPRINT experience not theoretical knowledge;
- Flexible: it should accommodate a range of profiles of experience, recognising that opportunities differ in different organisations;
- Simple: completion should not be onerous (2 to 3 days work) and should be couched in non-academic language;
- Personally useful: completion should stimulate critical insights and personal learning;
- Communally useful: knowledge should be garnered that will be of value to the whole SPRINT community.
The accreditation consists of two parts - details are viewable by following the menu system.