ERIC Number: ED461032
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Going Further: Adult Educators Reflect on the Impact of Further Education on Themselves and Their Communities.
McNamara, Gerry; Mulcahy, Carmel; Curry, Joe
A qualitative study examined the impact of training provided by the Education Studies Department in Dublin City University on adult educators in the sector. It investigated whether courses had an effect on their professional lives as educators within their individual centers and on their own lives as adult students in a formal university setting. The graduating class of 200 (70% female and 60% age 40 or older) was asked to indicate reasons for pursuing a diploma in Further Education and Training. The reasons were further explored through interviews with students. In the area of personal development, improved self-esteem and greater confidence tended to validate experiential learning and, while promotion did not feature as a priority, course involvement greatly enhanced employability. In the area of continuing professional development, the progression rates of students were taken as an indicator of the success of the courses in providing adults with a secure environment in which to study. A survey of course completers at Certificate and/or Diploma level since 1997 indicated a substantial progression rate to further studies. Change at the ideological and activist level was evident from all respondents in relation to the work conducted at their centers and to a lesser extent in the broader community. Students used course work to improve working conditions and the quality of training they provided to trainees. (Contains 11 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Educators, Change Agents, Community Change, Community Education, Community Leaders, Developed Nations, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Educational Attitudes, Employment Potential, Foreign Countries, Individual Development, Lifelong Learning, Occupational Aspiration, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Professional Continuing Education, Self Esteem, Social Action, Student Attitudes, Teacher Education
For full text: http://www.ulusofona.pt/inst/eventos/esrea/papers/gmcnamara cmulc ahy jcurry(2).pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland