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ERIC Number: EJ875093
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1528-3518
Building Knowledge through Portfolio Learning in Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
Conrad, Dianne
Quarterly Review of Distance Education, v9 n2 p139-150 2008
It is important for academic credibility that the process of prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) keeps learning and knowledge as its foundational tenets. Doing so ensures PLAR's recognition as a fertile ground for learners' cognitive and personal growth. In many postsecondary venues, PLAR is often misunderstood and confused with gate-keeping credit transfer protocols, and that level of misuse is potentially exacerbated by the introduction of electronic portfolio usage. This article will identify and situate PLAR as a knowledge-building process within the postsecondary learning culture. To do so, it will briefly review the history and context of PLAR; describe and examine the generic portfolio approach; discuss the pedagogy of portfolio construction; and consider the potential of the e-portfolio as a learning tool.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada