Disaffection and Diversity: Overcoming Barriers for Adult Learners

Disaffection and Diversity: Overcoming Barriers for Adult Learners

Disaffection and Diversity: Overcoming Barriers for Adult Learners

Disaffection and Diversity: Overcoming Barriers for Adult Learners

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A quiet but profound revolution in the design and delivery of learning opportunities for adults and in the accrediation of learning outcomes is taking place. Higher education is expanding at a rate which exceeds even that of the Robbins era; alternative routes for adults into further and higher education and into training are being introduced through the use of Access courses, and through the recognition of competencies acquired in a whole variety of different ways. The structure of the courses and training which adults can now undertake, the methods of teaching those courses and the types of qualifications which are beginning to be awarded reflect the accelerating social, technological and economic changes in the UK.

Excerpt

A quiet but profound revolution in the design and delivery of learning opportunities for adults and in the accreditation of learning outcomes is taking place. Higher education is expanding at a rate which exceeds even that of the Robbins era; alternative routes for adults into further and higher education and into training are being introduced through the use of Access courses, and through the recognition of competencies acquired in a whole variety of different ways. The structure of the courses and training which adults can now undertake, the methods of teaching those courses and the types of qualifications which are beginning to be awarded reflect the accelerating social, technological and economic changes in the UK. Unfortunately, previous learning experiences which were unsatisfactory may act as major barriers to people’s participation in and progress with organised learning.

The objectives of this book are to identify the major new developments in the provision of education and training for adults, and to examine the ideas, developments and strategies currently being developed and used in the light of the particular needs of disaffected adult learners. Disaffection in this context is taken to refer to feelings of estrangement, lack of trust, feelings of inadequacy, anger, perception of lack of relevance to self in relation to either past or current experience of education and training. The book is intended for concerned professionals who are engaged in the management, provision or supervision of organised learning and training opportunities for adults. It is intended to help them to evaluate their own current provision and to develop courses and programmes which will attract, support and extend all adults who participate in organised learning and to review and modify institutional or organisational policy and regulations in order to meet the needs of disaffected learners.

The book is divided into three sections, each of which addresses a major theme. Section One of the book deals in some depth with access issues. Section Two focuses more on people’s progress with their learning in relation to different kinds of provision. The third section examines the different notions of success in relation to adults’ learning achievements and the implications for adult learners of new approaches to assessment and accreditation. Each Section has two objectives: to consider the major aspects of the theme of the section in relation to the needs of disaffected adult learners, and to introduce and discuss practical examples which overcome some of the problems raised by disaffection.

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