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Furlong, Cerys – Adults Learning, 2012
It is six years since NIACE published the findings of its Committee of Inquiry on English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Its report, "More than a language," made significant and wide-reaching recommendations aimed at addressing the quality of provision, unmet demand and the structure of ESOL teaching qualifications. The…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, Educational Opportunities
Tuckett, Alan – Adults Learning, 2012
Good ideas have many parents, bad ones are often orphans. And since it is now 20 years since the first Adult Learners' Week in England, and the idea has been adopted and adapted to local circumstances in 55 countries, there must be something going for it. As the twenty-first Adult Learners' Week gets underway, the author reflects on the origins of…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Students, Foreign Countries, Adult Education
Adults Learning, 2009
There is consensus across the three main parties that adult learning, in all its forms, matters. As the Government publishes its White Paper on informal adult learning, this article asks what the three main parties think needs to be done about it. John Denham, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, argues that by working in…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Lifelong Learning, Innovation, Adult Learning
Ravenhall, Mark – Adults Learning, 2011
During the affluent noughties it was sometimes said of government that it had "more visions than Mystic Meg and more pilots than British Airways". In 2011, the pilots, the pathfinders, the new initiatives are largely gone--implementation is the name of the game--but the visions remain. The latest one, as it affects adult learners, is in…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Educational Objectives
Southwood, Sue – Adults Learning, 2011
In this article, the author talks about the finding of NIACE's inquiry into adult numeracy learning. One clear finding is that more classroom learning for adults will not bring about a more numerate society. The author discusses the need to create a culture in which maths is perceived as worthwhile and even enjoyable. She stresses that at a time…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Numeracy, Mathematics Education, Adult Education
Eldred, Jan – Adults Learning, 2011
Over the past year, NIACE staff have been guided and advised by a group of 11 dynamic and well-informed commissioners, led by Lord Boswell of Aynho, in conducting an independent inquiry into the state of adult literacy in England. Lord Boswell is well equipped for this role and passionate about the issue. As well as being a former minister for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Public Officials
Schuller, Tom – Adults Learning, 2009
"Higher Ambitions: The future of universities in a knowledge economy" has its own higher ambitions. It is a broad-ranging document, covering access to HE; research and innovation; student expectations and experience; university-business links; and community engagement. It is billed as a framework document, one which should structure…
Descriptors: Position Papers, Educational Policy, Change Strategies, Educational Change
Felstead, Alan; Fuller, Alison; Jewson, Nick; Unwin, Lorna – Adults Learning, 2009
All workplaces are sites in which people learn. To state such a fact still seems fairly revolutionary given that many employers and policymakers tend to restrict the meaning of job-related learning to formal episodes of "training" that can be counted and costed. This view is rooted in a wider perception prevalent in society in general…
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Employment, Job Training, Private Sector
Tedder, Michael; Jones, Paula; Mauger, Simon – Adults Learning, 2008
The importance of the "learner voice" is again a concern throughout the learning and skills sector, and turning the rhetoric into some kind of meaningful reality has become a renewed challenge. The concern to be responsive to "learner and learning experience" can be seen across developments in information, advice and guidance…
Descriptors: Rhetoric, Adult Education, Lifelong Learning, Learning Experience
Silver, Ruth – Adults Learning, 2008
The author, chair of the new improvement organization for further education and skills, shares her optimism on what the emerging agency can achieve, but she is aware of the challenges facing a sector struggling to keep pace with inspectors' expectations. These struggles include: (1) The slow delivery of curriculum; (2) The sector's struggle to…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Educational Change, Labor Force Development, Foreign Countries
Aldridge, Fiona; Iain Murray; Berry, Caroline – Adults Learning, 2012
The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) Adult Participation in Learning Survey 10 years ago showed that two-fifths of the adult population said that they had taken part in learning in the last three years. A decade later, the 2012 survey shows that little has changed--active participation in learning remains a minority…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Continuing Education, Foreign Countries, Equal Education
Field, John – Adults Learning, 2012
Adult learning has benefited from the visibility and profile of lifelong learning across a range of European policy areas. The overall profile of adult learning benefited enormously from the European Commission's decision to group all its education and training programmes together under the brand of the "Lifelong Learning Programme." The…
Descriptors: Profiles, Adult Learning, Lifelong Learning, Foreign Countries
Willmott, Ross – Adults Learning, 2010
In this paper, the author shares his perspective on the future of lifelong learning by looking back to the vision of the pioneers of adult learning, and picking out four messages that are relevant as people face their own, distinct, challenges. The author stresses the need to seize the opportunity to reinvigorate the original vision of adult…
Descriptors: Educational History, Lifelong Learning, Adult Learning, Foreign Countries
Sellwood, Steve – Adults Learning, 2008
Hospital porters often feel so little valued in their jobs that they are uninterested even in training that could get them out of their rut. In an attempt to change what he considered an underlying negative perception regarding portering, in 1999, the author founded the Porters 2000 forum. As the chair, and with the support of members, he wrote to…
Descriptors: Hospitals, Employment Qualifications, Vocational Education, Job Skills
Ravenhall, Mark – Adults Learning, 2010
It's almost a year since the revolution--the "Learning Revolution," that is. This was the Government's long-term vision for the development of "informal adult learning", as laid out in the White Paper of March 2009. The vision was expansive, embracing informal learning in the workplace, promoting a "new" culture of…
Descriptors: Colleges, Informal Education, Citizenship, Conflict
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