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The Significance of Support in Prior Learning Assessment Pursuits

Benjamin Jimenez


The purpose of this essay is to explore the findings of research conducted on adult learners’ experiences with the portfolio process and the implications for practice. The portfolio form of prior learning assessment (PLA) provides the opportunity for adult learners to earn course credits based on their ability to demonstrate college-level learning that corresponds to respective course learning goals. The process of completing a portfolio for assessment requires a deep level of reflection and engagement on the learner’s part. Viewing the portfolio process through the lens of the adult learner allows practitioners access to the additional takeaways those students experienced, as well as insights into the support and engagement required by facilitators throughout the endeavor.

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