ERIC Number: ED480712
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Clemans, Allie; Hartley, Robyn; Macrae, Helen
Trends in adult and community education (ACE) across Australia were examined. Data were obtained from consultations with national, state, and territory policy and funding body representatives; consultations with representatives of 40 ACE agencies across Australia; and analysis of pertinent literature, research, and policy documents. The study was intended to describe the full range of ACE services and clients nationwide, analyze ACE outcomes and contributions to lifelong learning for a range of clients, and develop recommendations contributing to valid and reliable national data on ACE outcomes. Selected findings were as follows: (1) ACE agencies cater to a very diverse range of adult groups in the community; (2) women predominate, but agencies report that more men are becoming involved; and (3) courses range from basic literature and foundation education through to post-degree professional development. A framework for classifying ACE outcomes according to individual development outcomes (the personal, public, and work domains), community development outcomes, and economic development outcomes was proposed. Identified barriers to measuring outcomes included disparate funding policy and administrative arrangements, data collection costs, and the difficulties associated with collecting meaningful data to measure outcomes such as capacity building. Agencies were ambivalent about data collection; however, many desired data that could be used for planning. (Contains 6 tables and 15 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Classification, Community Education, Data Collection, Delivery Systems, Educational Opportunities, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Lifelong Learning, Literature Reviews, Needs Assessment, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Research Methodology, Role of Education, Student Characteristics, Trend Analysis, Vocational Education
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia (Cat. no. 1379; $27.50 Australian). Tel: 08 8333 8400; Fax: 08 8331 9211; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.ncver.edu.au. For full text: http://www.ncver.edu.au/research/proj/nr0A05.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia