Plar (Prior Learning Assessment) Essay

1428 Words May 1st, 2013 6 Pages
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) allow students to receive educational credit for informal learning experiences. To what extent does PLAR provide an incentive for students to enrol in adult learning programs, whether on campus or off campus? Although this is not an easy question to answer, this paper offers an argument for the benefits of PLAR and why a national initiative promoting this concept would be valuable. This paper discusses the formation and implementation of PLAR and its relation to classroom and distance learning, because many distance education programs offer some form of PLAR.
This paper will address the background problems; provide recommendation in respect to the many challenges
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As this narrative suggests, the provision of PLAR opportunities can be a crucial first step in fostering the necessary self-confidence for Aboriginal learners to pursue such educational opportunities. (Cohen, 2002)
New Immigrants
The PLAR process can help immigrants by identifying their skills and experiences and relating those skills and experiences to the Canadian workplace. For those who seek immediate employment, the emphasis on transferable skills helps immigrants focus on what Canadian employers value in the workplace. (Wong, 1997)
Persons with disabilities
3.6 million Canadians reported having a disability — including about 10% of those aged 15 to 64, or about 2 million people. Canadians with disabilities have lower incomes, lower rates of labour force participation and less formal education than other Canadians. The expansion of participation by persons with disabilities in learning requires greater efforts to address the wide range of barriers faced by people with different types and levels of disability. These involve issues of transportation and physical access, and the need for translators, other support persons and assistive devices — many of which involve significant costs. The provision of PLAR services can facilitate communication regarding these issues as learners gain awareness of their needs and strengths. (Morris, 2000)
There is evidence that despite their higher rates of participation in

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