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ERIC Number: EJ874265
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0790-8040
Planning for the Future of the Adult Education Service: A Challenge for VECs
Muircheartaigh, Lucas O.
Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, p42-55 2004
In this paper, the author points out that there has been a significant development of the adult education service in Ireland in recent years. However, if the service is to become part of the mainstream of Irish education, the issue of structures at all levels within the system has to be addressed. Quite frankly the present system is very unsatisfactory and cannot and will not develop unless it is addressed. In this paper, the author concentrates on what happens at vocational education committee (VEC) level. However, as all of the levels are inter-related and are co-dependent, the author also considers organisational structures at all levels within adult education. To plan for the future structures of the adult education service it is necessary to review the present structures. This will give the reader an indication of the task facing those charged with the responsibility of putting appropriate structures in place for the sector. The first section of the paper reviews the present structures while the second section looks at future structures at the following levels: (1) National; (2) Sub-national; (3) Institutional; and (4) Community. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland