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Where does AP(E)L fit in Higher Education?


Author - Anne Murphy


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This paper summarises the findings of five research reports produced in Ireland and the UK since 2002 on the subject of accreditation of prior experiential learning (AP(E)L) in higher education. Cross-cutting themes among the reports are identified. The models of AP(E)L-in-use identified in the reports are then contrasted with what has become known as ‘the French model’ which was developed under their most recent specific piece of enabling legislation for validation of experiential learning: la loi de modernisation sociale 2002.