ERIC Number: ED284988
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
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A Rationale for Assessing Adults' Prior Learning.
A rationale for the recognition of prior learning is first based on the fact that learning experientially may be as necessary as learning through theory. One basis for the rationale is that adults in everyday life may have to acquire skills that belong to three domains: psychomotor, cognitive, and affective. Furthermore, the rationale supports the fact that recognizing adults' prior learning would enable adults to get a diploma that could bring opportunities for employment, promotion, and training. Adults would also be in a better position to give new directions to their lives. Academic institutions see for themselves the benefits in recognizing adults' prior learning. Institutions could maintain their role of assessors and guarantee the reliability and validity of assessment. By positioning people where they can maximize their potential, academic institutions make an important economic contribution through making a better use of monies available for education. Faculty are challenged and gain a renewed prestige when they become intellectual leaders and political and cultural consultants. This rationale is subject to the proper implementation of a program that includes students' careful preparation, done with the assistance of a counselor, and students' assessment, carried out by experts using the proper method. (YLB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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