ERIC Number: ED389908
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
The Best of Both Worlds: Linking Learning in Science-Based Industry and Higher Education.
Durham Univ. (England).; Leeds Univ. (England). Dept. of Adult and Continuing Education.
A 2-year project examined ways of improving the skills base of British industry by making higher education at the Universities of Durham and Leeds accessible to the technician work force. Data were collected from the following sources: records regarding the numbers of mature students admitted in recent intakes; interviews with admissions officers in 22 departments/schools of both universities and 3 administrators regarding their attitudes toward mature students; and 402 questionnaires designed to ascertain the educational achievements and aspirations of technicians employed on Teesside and in Leeds. The data were analyzed and used in devising a two-tier modular mathematics course tailored to the needs/competencies of the local technician work force and a multidisciplinary science access source that was successfully pilot tested on Teesside and in Leeds (England). Quality standards were set by referring to exemplars of existing good practice and through extensive consultations with practitioners in training, further education, and higher education. Quality control was effected by course coordination, tutor and student feedback, and external evaluation with respect to rigorous educational standards. The project was found to be a very valuable experience for student and staff participants alike. (Appended are lists of project steering committee members/staff. Contains 16 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Admissions Officers, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Employee Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Mathematics Instruction, Nontraditional Students, Occupational Aspiration, Paraprofessional Personnel, School Business Relationship, School Surveys, Science Instruction, Scientific Personnel, Student Educational Objectives, Transitional Programs
University of Leeds, Adult Education Centre, 37 Harrow Road, Middlesbrough, Cleveland TS5 5NT, England, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment Dept., London (England). Training, Enterprise, and Education Directorate.
Authoring Institution: Durham Univ. (England).; Leeds Univ. (England). Dept. of Adult and Continuing Education.
Identifiers: England (Leeds)