ERIC Number: ED419171
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
An Inclusive ACE. Broadening Participation in Adult and Community Education.
Alt, Merilyn; Beatty, Dianne
A project identified strategies to increase participation by community members who traditionally have not used adult and community education (ACE) in Australia. Methodology included a focus group, literature research, and interviews with 70 people. Government-supported ACE was seen as having a broad role in supporting lifelong learning. ACE participants were more likely than the community as a whole to be female, be between the ages of 35-54, speak English at home, and have a post-school qualification. Literature on barriers to ACE participation identified five major types of barriers: cultural and social, perceiving learning as irrelevant, personal and psychological factors, structural, and material; survey respondents' understanding of barriers was consistent. System-wide strategies for broadening participation were identified: establishment of central or regional ACE support structures; state and territorial government support of intersectoral cooperative and collaborative arrangements; funding incentives; and greater promotion. Provider strategies for broadening participation were identified: identifying learning needs, reflecting the community, assisting learners to learn, building on ACE's strengths, and working with other providers. Three major options for broadening participation emerged: facilitating learning, building on ACE's strengths, and opening doors wider. (Appendixes include participant lists, New South Wales government policy on ACE, and Victorian statewide funding model. Contains 55 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Brisbane.
Authoring Institution: New South Wales Board of Adult and Community Education, Sydney (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia