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ERIC Number: ED503376
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 44
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-921412-49-3
Assessing and Acknowledging Learning through Non-Accredited Community Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Programs
Dymock, Darryl; Billett, Stephen
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
Beyond the obvious acquisition of the three "R's"--reading, writing and arithmetic--many other benefits derive from learning. Increases in self-esteem and confidence have often been cited as consistent, if unanticipated, outcomes of learning and have been achieved even when there has been limited gain in the competency being learned. Such confidence-building can have a positive impact on how and what an individual learns. While the measurement of objective competencies acquired through learning is well developed, the measurement of the wider benefits of learning is still in its infancy. This report identifies the extent to which indicators might be developed for a range of learning outcomes in non-accredited community adult language, literacy and numeracy programs. The study finds that it is possible to assess the wider benefits of non-accredited adult language, literacy and numeracy learning. However, different types of assessment instruments, which cater for the diversity and complexity of learners' needs, motivations and outcomes, are necessary. Special attention must be paid to the language adopted in the instruments so that these can be easily used by tutors and their students. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Identifiers - Location: Australia