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UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, 2018
Basic education is essential if societies and economies are to thrive and become sustainable in challenging times. However, many people have never had an opportunity to benefit from education and many others leave the initial phase of education without attaining the level of proficiency in literacy and numeracy needed to participate fully in…
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Adult Basic Education, Recognition (Achievement), Accreditation (Institutions)
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Black, Stephen; Yasukawa, Keiko – Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 2016
This paper analyses research that has impacted on Australia's most recent national policy document on adult literacy and numeracy, the National Foundation Skills Strategy (NFSS). The paper draws in part on Lingard's 2013 paper, "The impact of research on education policy in an era of evidence-based policy", in which he outlines the…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Adult Literacy, Policy Formation, Statistical Analysis
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Giles, Margaret; Paris, Lisa; Whale, Jacqui – International Review of Education, 2016
Incarceration costs are high; in Australia, for example, each prisoner costs an average of AUD 115,000 per year. Other countries are also feeling the fiscal pinch of high incarceration costs, and a number of jurisdictions are now closing some of their prisons. Most prison costs are non-discretionary (accommodation, meals, etc.). But some of the…
Descriptors: Role of Education, Art Education, Correctional Institutions, Institutionalized Persons
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Widin, Jacquie; Yasukawa, Keiko; Chodkiewicz, Andrew – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2012
The field of adult language, literacy and numeracy in Australia is a site of struggle as policy changes, new learner groups and new economic imperatives challenge teachers' expertise and beliefs about good teaching practice. This article examines the ways in which experienced adult language, literacy and numeracy teachers shape and reshape their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Literacy, Literacy Education, Numeracy
Griffin, Tabatha, Ed.; Beddie, Francesca, Ed. – National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), 2011
One of the challenges facing Australia is the ageing of the population. Of major concern, especially to government, is that the dependency ratio--a measure of the burden that economically active persons carry by supporting dependent persons--will increase significantly unless older people keep working or immigration is used to change the…
Descriptors: Employment Services, Employment Potential, Maturity (Individuals), Age Discrimination
Ryan, Chris; Sinning, Mathias – National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), 2011
This report comes from a three-year program of research, "Securing Their Future: Older Workers and the Role of VET." Previous work from the program looked at how well workers were matched to their jobs, based on their literacy and numeracy skills and the use of these skills in the workplace. In a continuation of that work, the research…
Descriptors: Numeracy, Skilled Workers, Foreign Countries, Adult Literacy
Griffin, Tabatha; Beddie, Francesca – National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), 2011
This publication is dedicated to Chris Selby Smith, who was posthumously awarded the 2009 National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) VET Researcher of the Year Award. Selby Smith's body of work displayed many aspects of the excellence for which the award is offered. His experience working in both academia and the public service gave…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Vocational Education, Educational Research, Access to Education
Atkinson, Georgina – National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), 2011
Is vocational education and training (VET) really a technicolour coat that can fulfil many dreams? Does it meet all the training needs of a very diverse group of Australian students, workers and industries? What does it contribute to the economy and society? These were some of the questions asked at the National Centre for Vocational Education…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Training Objectives
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Moni, Karen B.; Jobling, Anne; Morgan, Michelle; Lloyd, Jan – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2011
Despite the importance of and advocacy for developing literacy skills for successful and rewarding participation in the community, there remains a common perception that becoming literate is not possible for people with intellectual disabilities. Until recently, limited research has been undertaken to investigate the literacy skills of adults with…
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Lifelong Learning, Literacy, Adult Literacy
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Geertshuis, Susan; Cooper-Thomas, Helena – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2011
This paper examines the extent of patients' health-related learning from a range of sources and aims to identify psycho-cognitive variables that predict learning. Using a survey design, we found that people higher in perceived health competence were lower in anxiety and took a more logical approach to decision making. Low perceived health…
Descriptors: Patients, Decision Making, Anxiety, Predictor Variables
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Siedle, Rob – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2011
A movement known as the Universities of the Third Age (U3As) provides educational, cultural and social services for mature-age people in Australia and internationally. This paper focuses on the educational courses run by U3As and discusses two basic questions: What are the expectations of learners who enrol in these classes? and How can tutors…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Tutors, Social Services, Educational Practices
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Canning, Roy – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2011
The research sets out to identify the learning processes adopted by older workers in the hospitality and visitor attraction industry in Scotland, with a view to determining how employers may better support their education and training within enterprises. The study was undertaken as part of the ESRC project on "Sustaining the employability of…
Descriptors: Hospitality Occupations, Informal Education, Learning Strategies, Learning Processes
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Bundgaard-Nielsen, Rikke L.; Best, Catherine T.; Tyler, Michael D. – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2011
Improvement in second-language (L2) perception has been posited to occur early in L2 learning when the L2 vocabulary is still small, whereas a large L2 vocabulary curtails perceptual learning (the perceptual assimilation model for SLA [PAM-L2]; Best & Tyler, 2007). This proposition is extended by suggesting that early L2 lexical development…
Descriptors: Vowels, Adult Basic Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students
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Ruthven, Joan – Australian Library Journal, 2010
This article presents the results of a study into the provision of Internet training for adult public library clients. The study, which was completed in 2008, forms part of a larger investigation into the characteristics, preferences and needs of adult public library clients in New South Wales. The aim of this section of the investigation is to…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Educational Needs, Investigations, Public Libraries
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White, Katherine M.; Wellington, Larne – Journal of Primary Prevention, 2009
We examined the theory of planned behavior (TPB) in predicting intentions to participate in group parenting education. One hundred and seventy-six parents (138 mothers and 38 fathers) with a child under 12 years completed TPB items assessing attitude, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control (PBC), and two additional social influence…
Descriptors: Parent Education, Child Rearing, Predictor Variables, Norms