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ERIC Number: EJ874268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0790-8040
Accreditation within Adult Education: Reflections and Views of Local Tutors
Keyes, Deirdre
Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, p68-77 2004
This article presents perspectives of tutors that reflect the current experiences and thoughts from Dun Laoghaire VEC's Adult Education Service's literacy, second chance and community education provision as the adult education service moves towards more accreditation of programmes. This move has been prompted by a number of significant changes and interventions within adult education over the last number of years, particularly the National Qualifications Act and Framework, the introduction of the Back to Education Initiative, Workplace Literacy initiatives such as Return to Learning, the setting up of the Adult Education Guidance Service and the appointment of Community Education Facilitators. In this context it was considered that how the service moves forward had to involve conscious reflection, evaluation and planning, not just with programme planners and administrators but also equally with tutors and learners. At the outset of the BTEI in 2001, a process of informal consultation and reflection with tutors took place in relation to moving their adult learners towards certification. This was part of a wider process within the organisation to address the professional development needs of their tutors in a number of key areas. A series of focus group sessions were held with key programme staff and tutors on the issues of accreditation specifically. The views expressed in this process have informed many of the perspectives in this article.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland