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ERIC Number: EJ942832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Room at the Top
Fitzjohn, Lorna
Adults Learning, v22 n4 p30-31 Dec 2010
People who participate in learning and skills programmes do so for different reasons. Many are seeking the skills they will need for work. Some are already employed and are gaining skills which will make them more effective in their current work. Others do it for the love of learning. Some people choose to learn while others are encouraged to do so as part of their employment, as a condition of receiving benefits or to help equip them for life after imprisonment. Whatever the motivation, what is clear is that, at its best, provision for adults can bring considerable value to learners and to the wider community. Individuals, their families and the nation as a whole benefit from enhanced social and technical skills and the confidence fostered by effective adult learning. While almost all adult and community learning providers inspected in 2009-2010 were "good" or "satisfactory", no provision was found to be "outstanding". The greatest challenge is to raise the performance of learning and skills providers who are judged no better than satisfactory and to identify and disseminate the best practice of the most successful. There is room for improvement, says the author, but also plenty of evidence of the difference this form of learning makes to individuals, families and communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom