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ERIC Number: EJ899794
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
What Did Lifelong Learning Networks Ever Do for Us?
Ward, Jill
Adults Learning, v21 n1 p30-31 Sep 2009
The case for Lifelong Learning Networks (LLNs) was made by Sir Howard Newby, then Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), in the Colin Bell Memorial Lecture in March 2004. Their purpose was to widen participation by combining the strengths of diverse higher education institutions (HEIs) and further education colleges (FECs) in prescribed regions to increase the number of vocational learners progressing into and through higher education. Crucial to these regional partnerships was the involvement of employers. By better meeting their needs LLNs would help create a better-qualified workforce in a changing and competitive global economy. They were diverse and followed no common structure. Some were based on already well-established relationships, large partnerships consisting of five or more HEIs and associated FECs. Others were smaller and, in some cases, only consisted of one HEI and a small number of FECs. Funding was generous. The average amount for an LLN was approximately 3 million British Pounds, for a period of three years. Activities, whatever the structure, were, and are, very similar: (1) the establishment of progression agreements between HEIs and FECs for vocational learners; (2) the development of innovative curricula and flexible learning; (3) employer involvement in these developments; and (4) provision of accessible information, advice and guidance for people outside formal education structures. Five years on, the author asks whether they have succeeded either in widening participation or in effecting culture change in higher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom