Challenging practices: streamlining recognition of prior informal learning in Scottish higher education

Ruth Whittaker, Julie Brown

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Abstract

This paper highlights the search for more effective ways of recognizing and assessing prior informal learning within higher education (HE) in Scotland. The need for this search stems from perennial barriers to recognition of prior informal learning (RPL) in terms of its resource-intensive nature, varying levels of understanding and awareness and the need for greater flexibility in terms of progression pathways through curriculum design and delivery. As part of the program of work identified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Scotland/Universities Scotland HEI RPL Network, research was commissioned to move the RPL agenda in Scotland forward by seeking to address some of these barriers. The research focused on RPL practices within Scotland but extended to practice in other countries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages15
JournalPLA Inside Out: An International Journal on Theory, Research and Practice in Prior Learning Assessment
Volume1
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • CPD
  • flexible learning
  • higher education
  • assessment practices

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