ERIC Number: ED431888
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Men's Family Learning Project.
Bryant, Duane; Robinson, George; Taylor, Jane
A Men's Family Learning Project was conducted in Bristol to induce men, many of whom were unemployed, to take advantage of learning opportunities and to volunteer to interact with children in the Hareclive Primary School. Following a survey of educational needs in the community, a project director (a male with experience as a volunteer and ties to the community) was hired to carry out the project. Based on the needs assessment, three "taster," or sample, courses in woodworking, computers, and bricklaying were developed and taught to men (fathers, grandfathers, and older brothers of students) who volunteered to work with the children on a project. (The computer course was an adults-only venture since the men did not feel comfortable around computers.) Twenty-five men participated in the project, which resulted in improvements for the school, interaction with male role models for the children, pride in accomplishments for both groups, and an easy reintroduction to learning for the men. The courses received good publicity in the local media and are expected to be repeated and expanded to more locations in the future. (Appendixes contain such items as the following: information used to advertize the project director position; the questionnaire used to collect data about the skills and interests of men in the community; a press release and fliers to encourage men to get involved in the project; and an evaluation form for the courses.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Bricklaying, Computer Literacy, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Labor Force Nonparticipants, Males, Minicourses, Outreach Programs, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, School Community Relationship, School Involvement, Unemployment, Volunteer Training, Volunteers, Woodworking
Bristol Community Education Service, Gatehouse Centre, Hareclive Road, Withywood, Bristol BS13 9JN, United Kingdom (3.50 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
Authoring Institution: University of the West of England, Bristol.; Bristol Community Education Service (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Bristol)