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ERIC Number: EJ899801
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
The Family Way
Hartley, Tricia; Wright, Julia
Adults Learning, v21 n2 p21 Oct 2009
The Campaign for Learning supported the lead-up to the "Learning Revolution" White Paper and is delighted to be part of the Learning Revolution Festival of Learning, which runs throughout October. It has been heartening to identify, alongside organisations from outside the learning sector and the departments that sponsor them, the value of informal adult learning in itself and its contribution to a range of personal and social benefits, from health improvement through greater civic engagement to crime reduction. The cross-government commitment the White Paper has secured is a major step forward. Ironically, however, the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) has had less involvement than might have been expected. The authors were pleased that family learning was a key strand of the consultation, and facilitated this through the National Family Learning Network, the 10,000-member practitioner organisation they coordinate in partnership with NIACE and ContinYou. The "double whammy" benefits of family learning--for children's achievement and enthusiasm for learning, and for adults' confidence to support them as well as for their own engagement--are well documented but not always fully appreciated in the schools sector. At a recent network conference a senior DCSF civil servant admitted that, until recently, there was limited awareness in government of how family learning benefits children as well as adults: in the silos of Whitehall, it was seen as a Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) responsibility and thus of no significance for DCSF. The authors contend that it's time its value was recognised across Whitehall, especially in the schools sector.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom