ERIC Number: ED442503
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
A Slice of the Iceberg: Cross-Canada Study of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition.
Aarts, Sandra; Blower, Deb; Burke, Roberta; Conlin, Eleanor; Howell, Brent; Howorth, Carol Ebner; Lamarre, Ginette; Van Kleef, Joy
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is a sound academic practice that contributes to adult learning by linking formal and informal learning. However, it has not been widely accepted by Canadian educational institutions. In 1996, a consortium of seven colleges and an independent PLAR consultant began a study to create a comprehensive database of PLAR learners and their characteristics, identify PLAR activities in participating institutions, analyze the effects of PLAR on students and the institutions, and compare the costs of credits achieved through PLAR with those produced through traditional course delivery. Study results found that: the average course grades of PLAR learners are as high or higher than those of traditional students in the same programs; PLAR strengthened adult learners' confidence and represented important efficiencies for part-time adult learners by shortening their programs; the low number of PLAR learners and programs signal that delivery of PLAR has not been economical for some institutions; early benefits from PLAR training within institutions diminished over time; and there is a need for greater public awareness of PLAR. The report concludes with a series of recommendations addressing institutions, public policy makers, adult learners, and workplaces. (Contains 30 references, 31 tables and charts, and 14 appendices.) (JA)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Planning, Foreign Countries, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Nontraditional Students, Program Implementation, Student Characteristics
Canadian Institute for Recognizing Learning (CIRL), 251 Queen's Quay West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5J 2N6. http://www.cirl.org. ($20 within Canada or USA; $25 outside Canada/USA).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Human Resources Development Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment, Belleville (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada