Strengthening PLAR: Integrating theory and practice in post-secondary education (2007)

Journal of Applied Research on Learning, Vol. 1, No. 2, Article 5 (2007)

Prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) is commonly defined as the identification, measurement, and recognition of knowledge and skills acquired outside educational institutions through work and other life experience. In this article, the author proposes a conceptual model for PLAR in education.

Over the past 25 years, colleges and universities in Canada have adopted PLAR as a means of increasing adult participation in education and promoting lifelong learning, the author says. However, most educators would agree that PLAR has made only limited inroads into the day-to-day practices of most post-secondary educational institutions. Low levels of faculty support for PLAR have been attributed to a number of factors, including institutional concern about the academic integrity of current assessment practices.

The selection of PLAR assessments would be enriched if educators were to use methods and tools aligned with PLAR’s basic beliefs and the theoretical perspectives that support those beliefs.

Societal forces have had both positive and negative impacts on the development of PLAR, the author says. On the one hand, legislation and public policy have encouraged implementation. At the same time, pedagogical forces have been dominated by negative considerations around quality assurance and other issues, limiting the growth of PLAR. This suggests that strong pedagogical and institutional forces are necessary for the implementation of PLAR professional practice.

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Joy Van Kleef. Strengthening PLAR: Integrating theory and practice in post-secondary education 2007. Web. 6 Aug. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/jarl/strengthening/strengthening.pdf>
Joy Van Kleef (2007). Strengthening PLAR: Integrating theory and practice in post-secondary education. Retrieved August 6, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/jarl/strengthening/strengthening.pdf
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