ERIC Number: ED435044
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Learning That Works. Accrediting the TUC Programme.
In an effort to secure some public funding, Great Britain's Trades Union Congress (TUC) obtained accreditation of its programs through the National Open College Network (NOCN). Tutor and union representative expectations and perceptions of the accreditation were examined in a study that included group and individual interviews and surveys of union representatives who had attended TUC courses and course tutors. Both samples were designed to be representative of all six TUC regions. Responses were obtained from 41 (58.6%) of the 70 union representatives and 20 (60.6%) of the 33 tutors contacted. Key findings included the following: (1) representatives viewed accreditation very positively; (2) exceptionally high rates of participation in the accreditation process, achievement, and award of credits have been achieved particularly in relation to other NOCN programs and other types of qualifications; (3) accreditation has enhanced the quality of several critical elements of the TUC course experience; (4) accreditation has been achieved without distortion of TUC programs' purposes and ethos; and (5) most representatives considered the extra work expended on their files useful or helpful. (Eleven tables/figures are included. The bibliography contains 24 references. Appended are information about the study sample and evaluation methods and five tables summarizing the study findings.) (MN)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Adult Education, Adult Learning, Educational Attainment, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries, Labor Education, Lifelong Learning, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Student Attitudes, Student Certification, Teacher Attitudes, Unions
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, 21 De Montfort Street, Leicester LE1 7GE, United Kingdom (7.95 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom