The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, Focused Research Report: A Current Overview of Recognition Of Prior Learning (RPL) In Irish Higher Education

The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, Focused Research Report: A Current Overview of Recognition Of Prior Learning (RPL) In Irish Higher Education

This project, a national analysis, explored current practices relating to the recognition of prior learning in Irish higher education. A systematic review of information available publicly through institutions’ websites, published policies for RPL as well as analysis of institutions’ mission-based Performance Compacts was undertaken. In addition in-depth interviews with practitioners, employer case-studies and student perspectives were used to explore the practices of RPL in operation. The research underlines the need for a national policy and strategy for RPL, which is supported by agreed definitions and good practice guidelines. In addition the on-going implementation of RPL practices should be supported by systematic data collection, professional development for staff involved in RPL processes, including the inclusion of RPL processes in higher education continuing professional development frameworks.

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