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ERIC Number: EJ877424
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Change for the Better
Barrett, Catina
Adults Learning, v20 n3 p28-30 Nov 2008
As a mental health project officer, the author's work is underpinned by a belief that people who have mental health problems are as intelligent, talented and creative as anyone else, and deserve opportunities to reach their full potential. She actively seeks to persuade partner agencies across different sectors that the further education system is continuously reflecting on and improving the opportunities it offers to support individuals in achieving their potential. Despite many examples of excellent practice by learning providers there is less consistent evidence that officials continuously update their vision to look beyond what they currently see and know to promote more positive recovery-focused images of this group of learners--images and expectations that reflect difference and diversity among people who have mental health problems, including recognising their capabilities, their strengths and their personal resources. In this article, the author reflects on some recent examples that have challenged her thinking and practice in different ways: two--the Learning and Skills Council's new "National Mental Health Strategy Refresh" and the third Tomlinson Memorial Lecture, given by Dylan Wiliam of the Institute of Education--that challenged her positively to look to the future towards the development of better policy and practice, and a third example that sought to do this but failed and illustrates why people desperately need more of the former. The author stresses that the LSC's new consultation to refresh its national mental health strategy represents real progress and a positive challenge to much else that is written about meeting the needs of learners with mental health difficulties.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom