ERIC Number: EJ940038
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
An Exploration of Adult Learners' Perspectives of Using Learndirect Centres as Sites for Learning
Dhillon, Jaswinder K.
Research in Post-Compulsory Education, v9 n1 p147-158 2004
This article explores the experience of adult learners and their perceptions of learning using computer-based learning materials, mainly Learndirect packages. The findings are based on focus group interviews with learners in a range of settings, including centres in community-based organisations, further education colleges and private training providers based in the Midlands region of England. The research forms part of a larger study of partnership working and its role in widening participation in lifelong learning in the Black Country sub-region of England, but this article will focus specifically on the data from focus group interviews with learners. The findings reported here provide an insight into the ability of learners to articulate the benefits and the weakness of learning in this way, and to be clear about their learning goals. The data reveal aspects of the physical, social and psychological learning environment, which help learners participate in learning. This is, of course, useful for practitioners, but the individual stories also reveal deeper and more hurtful previous experiences, which cannot be tackled by tinkering with the learning environment or the learning materials.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Experience, Student Attitudes, Lifelong Learning, Adult Education, Educational Environment, Campuses, Focus Groups, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)