ERIC Number: ED447317
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Across the Learning Divide: Adults Learning in the Arts and Crafts.
Carlton, Shiela; Sargant, Naomi
Learning about the arts and crafts gives individuals the means to examine themselves and their relationship with the world around them, whether through being an appreciative audience or their own creative practice. The arts and crafts are themselves industries creating jobs both in arts forms and in their support. People want and are entitled to their share of cultural experience, from preschool through youth and adult education. A survey on adult participation in a range of arts and crafts in the United Kingdom reports these findings: most adult learning is carried out in leisure time; for most people, an interest in and a love for creative arts and crafts are a valued part of their leisure time; use of public libraries, cinema visits, and concert-going have increased; people show a high level of enjoyment for a wide variety of arts and crafts; gender differences are marked; three-fourths of respondents name arts or crafts they particularly enjoy; and already better educated and higher social classes engage in serious practice and learning. To increase access to learning in the arts, financial barriers must be overcome, advice and guidance services should be made available, more rational and flexible means of accreditation and progression are needed, and staff development is needed. Future challenges include access, progression routes, promotion of professional expertise, and support structures. (Contains 22 resources.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Age Differences, Art, Art Activities, Cultural Opportunities, Developed Nations, Foreign Countries, Handicrafts, Leisure Time, Lifelong Learning, Participant Characteristics, Services, Sex Differences
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, 21 De Montfort Street, Leicester LE11 7GE, United Kingdom, Web site: http://www.niace.org.uk (6 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)