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Research Domain: Group Two - Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Title of Project: Prior Learning Assessment in Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology

Start Date: April 1, 1997
Academic Co-Investigators: Dr. Howard Doughty (Seneca), Dr. Diane Meaghan (Seneca)

The purpose of the researcher project has been to develop a description, analysis and assessment of PLA policies and practices in the CAATs.

The key research questions that have been addressed are:

  1. What were the origins and initial aims of PLA?

  2. How did the CAATs implement PLA policies and practices?

  3. What degree of success have the CAATs had in meeting PLA goals?

  4. What have been the pertinent effects of PLA on the labour market?

  5. How do CAAT PLA practices and policies compare with others?

  6. How might PLA been improved in the CAATs?

The methodology included a review of the professional literature, textual analysis of government and institutional documents, in-depth personal interviews and quantitative data analysis.

The principles sources of information included secondary professional sources, government documents, CAAT documents, interviews (primarily with government officials, CAAT personnel and other educators in Canada and the united States) and statistics generated by CAAT and other institutions.


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