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ERIC Number: EJ877294
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Measuring the Immeasurable
Downs, Sylvia
Adults Learning, v16 n2 p17-18 Oct 2004
There is growing evidence of the wider benefits of learning on non-accredited courses. However, there appears to be a problem on how these benefits can be measured. The Learning and Skills Council consultation "Measuring Success in the Learning and Skills Sector" (2003) confirms that no national measures exist for recognising achievements in learning which do not lead to qualification. Interested in seeing if these so-called "soft outcomes" could be measured, Devon County Council provided the resources to investigate the benefits of their adult courses. The important first step was achieved by designing the questionnaire, getting responses and showing that these were statistically valid, reliable and fell within a normal curve of distribution. Just as important was to bring out the benefits reported by learners attending non-accredited courses. There was a general air of increased self-esteem, better health and achievement among learners. Responses indicated increased confidence, more proactive behaviour and a greater interest in extending the breadth and depth of learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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