ERIC Number: ED469805
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Working for Democracy: Review of Community Education Training. SCRE Research Report.
Malcolm, Heather; Wilson, Valerie; Hamilton, Sheila
In this report, community education training in Scotland was reviewed to identify ways of improving the education and training provided to current and future community educators. Data were gathered from 16 separate sources, including users of community education, community education experts, employers, recent graduates from training, training providers, and key stakeholders representing an array of national organizations. Data collection methods included document analysis, group discussions, interviews, questionnaires, and solicitation of comments over the Internet. The following options for training community educators were identified: (1) retaining current training structures but working to improve them in various ways; (2) moving toward a "sandwich" model of training; and (3) moving toward work-based training as the main route to a professional qualification for community education. The following were among the 12 recommendations offered: (1) increase the role of learning from experience in the development of community education professionals; (2) devise an entitlement to continuing professional development for all community education staff; and (3) develop schemes for accrediting previous learning and experience. The following items are appended: lists of responding local authorities and departments and other responding organizations; an overview of the experts group method; and the training course curricula. (Contains 11 tables and 109 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Educators, Community Education, Curriculum, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Educational Needs, Educational Quality, Employee Attitudes, Focus Groups, Foreign Countries, Internet, Interviews, Lifelong Learning, Models, National Organizations, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Professional Development, Retraining, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Educators, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Supply and Demand, Training, Volunteers
Booksales, The Scottish Council for Research in Education, 61 Dublin Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6NL (12.50 British pounds). For full text: http://www.scre.ac.uk/resreport/rr108/rr108.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Scottish Executive Education Dept., Edinburgh.
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education, Edinburgh.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)