ERIC Number: EJ971524
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
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Reference Count: 3
The Development of National Standards for Adult Educators in Namibia
Ellis, Justin; Richardson, Brent H.
International Review of Education, v58 n3 p375-385 Jun 2012
Since gaining independence from South Africa in 1990, Namibia has placed considerable emphasis on education, including adult learning. As a means of improving the quality of adult learning, the Namibian Ministry of Education commissioned the development of national standards in 2010 to express competency requirements for adult educators. Particular attention was paid to the views of adult learners who participated through thirty focus groups. The participatory process revealed that the work of an adult educator is more complex and demanding than had previously been appreciated. The required competencies were categorised under four headings: (1) "Knowledge as an adult educator," (2) "Practice as an adult educator," (3) "Relationships as an adult educator" and (4) "Ethics and professionalism as an adult educator." The Namibia Qualifications Authority, acting under its legislative mandate of setting occupational standards for occupations, jobs, posts and positions, approved the national standards in 2011.
Descriptors: Focus Groups, National Standards, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Foreign Countries, Adult Educators, Ethics, Educational Improvement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Namibia