PLAR has developed for different reasons across countries and this has given rise to different policy positions. Sometimes PLAR is part of a nation-wide lifelong learning agenda; sometimes it is the result of specific legislation or a demand for labour. In Norway for example, PLAR is seen by government as a way to attract adults back to the education system in order to increase the general level of citizens’ education and upgrade adults’ skill levels.
Explain how and why the historical context that gave rise to policies on PLAR in two countries are similar or different.
The assigned reading summarizes the development of PLAR in eight countries. Select two of these countries and write a two-page description of their PLAR systems, and why they developed differently.
- Review your written work. How clearly does it describe the two systems and their differences?
- Did you select important features of the two systems?
- Did you clearly show how their historical contexts affected the development of the two systems differently?
Heyns, R. (2004) Recognition of prior learning: In search of a valid and sustainable mechanism for South Africa, Master’s thesis. University of Pretoria, SA. p. 38.