ERIC Number: ED367850
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Women, Education and Training. Barriers to Access, Informal Starting Points and Progression Routes.
A study identified the factors that assist or impede women's access, participation, and progression within education and training in Britain. The project rationale was as follows: women face continuing inequalities in the labor market, there are signs of a diminishing concern with equal opportunities, and women's position and experiences in education and training have been underanalyzed and underreported. Difficulties participants identified in relation to gaining access to education, training, and employment fell into three broad clusters: personal and domestic, dispositional or psychological, and structural constraints. Course components that help women move to employment or other levels of education or training were core or basic skills, study skills, educational and vocational guidance, planning for change, job search and acquisition skills, accreditation, and assessment of prior experiential learning, experience, and skills. The most effective reentry or threshold learning activities for women shared features common to all good community education: sensitive recruitment, informal venues, flexibility, and empathetic staff. Problems women experienced in moving from an informal to a formal education or training environment arose largely due to lack of information and guidance, lack of coherent learning routes, and lack of support and practical assistance. (Appendixes include descriptions of courses and initiatives that have assisted women's access and progression.) Contains 109 references. (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Ancillary School Services, Demonstration Programs, Educational Discrimination, Educational Opportunities, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Nondiscriminatory Education, Program Effectiveness, Sex Discrimination, Sex Fairness, Womens Education
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, 21 De Montfort Street, Leicester LE1 7GE, England, United Kingdom (9.95 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Employment, London (England). Training Enterprise and Education Directorate.
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
Identifiers: Great Britain