ERIC Number: ED313505
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Providing for Adults. The Views and Policies of Providers of Education and Training. Practitioner MiniPaper 7. SCRE Publication 105.
MacDonald, Carolyn; And Others
A study of 32 public and 25 private randomly selected providers of adult education in Scotland focused on their policies toward adult participants and the extent to which the organizations cater to adults. Data were collected from principals, deputy principals, agency managers, and other senior staff throughout Scotland but were concentrated somewhat around the central belt and around Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, and Aberdeen. The following points summarize the results of the study: (1) providers reported that an adult clientele had a positive effect on both the teaching and the ethos of the organization; (2) if many of the problems adults face when returning to education and training stem from domestic commitments, providers could help by supplying child care, counseling and flexible format and timing of courses; (3) providers stressed that their offerings had to be of high quality, necessitating regular inservice training for teachers of adults, attractive physical surroundings, and teaching methods that take into account adults' differing abilities; (4) providers believed that the most effective forms of publicity were those targeted directly at adults; (5) they believed some adults suffered financial hardship partly due to rules and regulations governing concessionary fees and recommended that deferring payment become an option; (6) providers said they needed to be flexible about the entry requirements for adult students; (7) providers felt they needed more money to improve publicity and develop the facilities to attract adults; (8) they recommended speedier processing of grants; and (9) they thought it crucial that the government help convince individuals, providers, and employers that adult training and education is valuable and important. (CML)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Andragogy, Educational Facilities, Educational Policy, Enrollment Influences, Foreign Countries, Student Recruitment, Student School Relationship
Scottish Council for Research in Education, 15 St. John Street, Edinburgh EH8 8JR, Scotland (4.50 pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)