ERIC Number: ED473187
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The White Paper on Adult Education: Learning For Life. Synopsis, Analysis of Recommendations, Issues for AONTAS.
The issues facing the following areas of adult education in Ireland in the era of lifelong learning were examined in a white paper: (1) second chance and further education; (2) community education; (3) workplace education; and (4) higher education. The Irish National Association of Adult Education (AONTAS) analyzed the recommendations presented in the white paper. Although AONTAS generally welcomed the changes in Ireland's adult education system that are outlined in the white paper, it did express specific concerns about several proposals. The following were among AONTAS' specific policy recommendations: (1) limiting the proposal regarding lowering the pupil-teacher ratio to literacy programs could lead to a proliferation of provision at the foundation level with a lack of supported programs after completion of the foundation program; (2) program fees should be abolished not just for the most disadvantaged adults but for all adult learners; (3) because low-skill workers will still be a marginalized group under the proposals outlined in the white paper, measures must be put in place to ensure that they can avail themselves of the opportunities necessary for success in a high-skilled, knowledge-based economy; (4) only the complete abolition of student fees can remove the confusion regarding entitlement to free fees and protect the interests of all adult learners. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Educators, Adult Learning, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Adult Students, Colleges, Community Education, Continuing Education, Definitions, Distance Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Educational Technology, Finance Reform, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Lifelong Learning, Literacy Education, National Programs, Partnerships in Education, Position Papers, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, School Community Relationship, Student Evaluation, Universities, Workplace Literacy
For full text: http://www.aontas.com/resources/pdf/analysis.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Irish National Association of Adult Education, Dublin.
Identifiers - Location: Ireland