ERIC Number: ED423445
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Still a Chance To Learn? A Report on the Impact of the Further and Higher Education Act (1992) on Education for Adults with Learning Difficulties.
Macadam, Margaret; Sutcliffe, Jeannie
A study examined the impact of the Further and Higher Education Act (1992) on continuing education for British adults with learning difficulties. The research was conducted in three phases: survey of colleges and local education authorities (LEAs), survey of self-advocacy groups, and fieldwork visits. Funding for provision for students with learning difficulties either stayed the same or increased; nearly half of students with learning difficulties were following accredited courses. Exclusion of vulnerable learners from education, difficulty of demonstrating progression, and stress and bureaucracy were concerns noted by respondents. Older adults and people with profound or complex learning difficulties were starting to miss out, as programs for them were not growing as rapidly as that for younger adults and those with moderate learning difficulties. Basic skills was the most common subject offered to adults with learning difficulties; skills for independence and communicative skills figured very prominently. Provision increased in volume but the range of learning opportunities was narrowed. Support was booming and increased funding was being effectively accessed, but few colleges and LEAs deemed their support to be well developed. Access and transport remained problems. Half of colleges and LEAs reported better liaison with external agencies, but colleges noted a steep decline in working together. Loss of strategic planning was a serious casualty. An agenda for action was proposed. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Agency Cooperation, Ancillary School Services, Continuing Education, Educational Certificates, Educational Cooperation, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Foreign Countries, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Learning Problems, Older Adults, Postsecondary Education, Student Certification
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, 21 De Montfort Street, Leicester LE1 7GE, United Kingdom (5.95 pounds).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York (England).
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Further and Higher Education Act 1992 (Great Britain)