Plar Policy
Africa: South Africa

Government of South Africa. (1994) The Reconstruction and Development Programme: A Policy Framework. Pretoria: Government of South Africa.

Government of South Africa. Department of Education. (February 1995) White Paper on Education and Training: Education and Training in a Democratic South Africa. Pretoria: Department of Education.

Harris, Judy. (1997) "Recognition for Prior Learning in South Africa? Drifts and Shifts in International Practices: Understanding the Changing Discursive Terrain." Unpublished paper, University of Cape Town.

In many countries, the practices, approaches and methodologies used in higher and further education and training to recognise prior learning have changed significantly over the last 20 or so years. In the main, these changes have not been analysed. The concept of RPL currently occupies a place in South African education and training policy as a main tenet of the National Qualifications Framework. This paper begins by examining the 'givens', the 'common understandings' of RPL with a particular focus on practices in the United Kingdom (UK). It then positions those understandings and practices, firstly, within educational traditions and related discourses, and, secondly, in closer relation to broader and changing social conditions. It then explores these understandings and practices in the light of the work of writers in a postmodern vein in order to hopefully produce a more textured understanding of RPL policy and practice as it has evolved over the last 20 or so years. It ends with questions and considerations regarding the feasibility of the RPL concept particularly in South African higher education.

Harris, J., E. Moses, J. McMillan, and J. Small. (1998) "Phase 2 Empirical Research: 'Model Building and Piloting': 'A Tale of Two Studies': UCT and Peninsula Technikon." Unpublished report, University of Cape Town. 

Harris, Judy, and Tony Saddington. (July 1995) The Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): International Models of Assessment and Their Impact on South African Education and Training Practice. Cape Town: University of Cape Town, Department of Adult Education and Extra-Mural Studies.

McMillan, J. (1998) "Accessing Adults to Higher Education: An Analysis of an RPL Project." Unpublished paper, University of Cape Town.

McMillan, J. (1997) "Access, Learning and Contexts: Issues and Implications (for RPL)." Unpublished paper, University of Cape Town.

Seid, Shelley, Joanne R. Nurss, and John J.W. Aitchison. (August 1997) Uncertain Outcomes. Pilot Study for an Investigation of the Effects on Teaching Practice of the Introduction of Outcomes-Based Education in Adult Basic Education: Two Independent Examinations Board Site Case Studies. Tallahassee: Florida State University, Center for Policy Studies.

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