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ERIC Number: EJ1126476
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1477-9714
"I Might Be Overqualified": Personal Perspectives and National Survey Findings on Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition in Canada
Livingstone, D. W.; Myers, Douglas
Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, v13 n1 p27-52 May 2007
Interest in prior learning recognition among Canadian adults is estimated on the basis of a large-scale national survey and illustrated by an account of the development of a prior learning assessment centre and the individual experiences of participants. Both the common principles and the distinctive activities that characterise the prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) field are considered. The survey finds widespread interest in PLAR, especially in the employed labour force, and large unmet demand for both adult education courses and PLAR. There are significant demographic differences: younger adults are much more interested in PLAR regardless of their formal educational attainment, as are non-whites and recent immigrants. Those most involved in informal learning activities have the greatest interest in PLAR, most notably young high school dropouts. Policy implications of these findings and experiences for wider application of PLAR are considered. The direct learner voices quoted in the text can be seen and heard in DVD clips at and
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A