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Furlong, Cerys – Adults Learning, 2011
In July 2011, the Welsh Government published the first data on adult literacy and numeracy in Wales since 2004. The summary information from the National Survey of Adult Skills in Wales shows that there has been an improvement in literacy levels (though challenges still remain), but little improvement in numeracy. Discussions are ongoing with…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis, National Surveys
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
Ward, Jane – Adults Learning, 2010
The world's political leaders failed to agree a fair, ambitious and legally binding accord that would protect the planet from catastrophic global warming at the United Nations' Copenhagen conference on climate change. This makes grassroots action all the more essential to save the world from devastating climate change. The UK Government championed…
Descriptors: Role of Education, Consciousness Raising, Adult Learning, Climate
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
Webb, Sue – Adults Learning, 2010
Over the past year lifelong learning in universities has come under the spotlight of politicians, educationalists, journalists and adult learners. For some, the concern has been about countering the fall-out from changes in public funding and challenging the reduction in provision--and even closure--of university departments. A number of…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Postsecondary Education, Continuing Education, Lifelong Learning
Davies, Peter – Adults Learning, 2011
Like a lot of people, the author has been trying to get his mind around David Cameron's Big Society agenda, and what it means for his own institution, City Lit. There has already been a lot written about this subject, especially in the press, much of it reflecting a degree of scepticism. Where to start? The author thinks the Prime Minister tried…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Learning, Adult Education, Educational Policy
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
Aylward, Nicola – Adults Learning, 2008
The Young Adults Learning Partnership Awards were launched to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the NIACE/NYA Young Adults Learning Partnership. Throughout the last 10 years the partnership has undertaken a diverse range of research and development projects. These projects have brought YALP into contact with young adult learners from a variety of…
Descriptors: Research and Development, Awards, Adult Learning, Young Adults
Mace, Jane – Adults Learning, 2009
"Protective presence," "advocacy" and "solidarity" are the three key elements in the work of ecumenical accompaniment. In this article, the author focuses on the third, "solidarity," and explores what it has to do with undertaking and promoting adult learning. The author shares her experience when she…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Foreign Countries, Civil Rights, Refugees
Derrick, Jay – Adults Learning, 2011
The nature of teaching as a profession has been the subject of intense debate for many years, driven by the developments in digital technology, both in terms of the technology people use in everyday life and work (such as mobile phones, Facebook, the internet etc) and the technology now available to support teaching and learning (again, mobile…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Cultural Pluralism, Internet
Johnson, Steve – Adults Learning, 2009
For most people, a long-term illness is something they will never have to deal with, but for those who do, the ability to understand and cope with their condition is an essential part of their recuperation. One of the main contributing factors to recovery is having the confidence to deal with an ailment without needing to ask for medical…
Descriptors: Medical Services, Child Health, Patients, Foreign Countries
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
Townsend, Jenny – Adults Learning, 2007
There are currently more than 2,500 secondary schools in England with specialist-school status and the number is increasing as part of the Government's strategy to raise standards of achievement. All specialist schools are required to develop a compulsory community element as part of their specialist school plan. They are expected to interact and…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Foreign Countries, Adult Education, School Community Relationship
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