ERIC Number: ED357208
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Learner Support Services in Further Education. A Commentary on Current Developments.
Further Education Unit, London (England).
This report is based mainly on two studies that sought to describe the prevalence and extent of student support services in further education (FE) colleges in England. Information for the studies was gathered from a 1991-92 survey of 80 colleges and 5 regional workshops on the development of learner services in FE colleges. Additional insights were obtained from 13 colleges that reported on their learner services arrangements in June 1992. Some of the key findings of the studies were the following: (1) 80 percent of colleges intend to expand their learner services; (2) 40 percent of colleges organize learner support services mainly through central units; (3) about 1 in 5 colleges relied mainly on lecturers to provide learner support services; (4) interchangeable roles between lecturing and support staff are becoming common; (5) colleges had difficulty in deciding the extent of learner support staffing; (6) improving reception facilities and overseas student support emerged as top priorities for future development; (7) 40 percent of colleges derived quality control measures from their learner support services; and (8) widespread attempts were made to obtain the views of learners and staff. The studies concluded that these emerging development issues with regard to learner support services will play a role in future development of lifelong education and merit further study. (Contains 19 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Unit, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)