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Mari-Carmen Postigo Alvarez; Talisa Sullivan – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2023
This paper draws on the qualitative findings of a Master's research study which focused on the unique voice of neurodiverse students' lived experiences in Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses in Ireland. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with neurodiverse learners in 2021 and these findings, with relevance to the Further Education and…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Students with Disabilities, Student Experience, Adult Students
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Garry Nicholson – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2023
The Thinking Folk project introduced Socratic dialogues as a pedagogical construct to develop critical thinking skills by drawing on the lived experiences of learners in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. The resulting conversations were soon described as "real" talk by learners, which, in a process that not only…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Skill Development, Teaching Methods
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Lindsay Malone; Catherine Cox – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2023
This practice-based paper provides a case study on co-creating a programme between a university and the voluntary sector. It analyses practical aspects of working in partnership to co-create an accredited programme to improve access to higher education for first-generation learners. In 2018, the Faculty of Lifelong Learning at South East…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Partnerships in Education, Access to Education, Higher Education
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Dan O'Sullivan – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2023
This article investigates the career paths of learners who attended Youthreach education centres. Youthreach originated in 1989 as an alternative pathway for early school learners experiencing disadvantage. Youthreach is an underresearched sector of the education system, even less is known about the career progression of Youthreach graduates. This…
Descriptors: Educationally Disadvantaged, Career Pathways, Foreign Countries, Youth Programs
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Lindsay Malone; Aidan Mahon – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2023
This paper explores the Centre for Insurance, Risk and Data Analytics Studies (CIRDAS) as a case study of online adult education which offers flexible upskilling and reskilling opportunities to employees across the Irish insurance sector. It explores how CIRDAS's agile programme development enabled flexible entry, exit and progression routes for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Lifelong Learning, Electronic Learning, Adult Education
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Aislinn Brennan; Maeve O'Grady – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2023
Adult Education in the Republic of Ireland has experienced exponential change. Since 2013, the Further Education and Training (FET) sector has developed and implemented a range of strategies and policies transforming the landscape. Policy implementation is a complex process and as the 16 Education and Training Boards work to interpret FET policy…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Education, Educational Policy, Policy Formation
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Gavan Sheridan – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2023
This is a critical reflection upon the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (2018) guidelines on blended learning from the perspective of a Further Education and Training practitioner. The purpose of the guidelines is set out and it is suggested that there is much to be welcomed here. The contested meaning of the term blended learning is explored…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Qualifications, Quality Assurance
Brennan, Aislinn; O'Grady, Maeve – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2022
The funding model for further education and training (FET) in the Republic of Ireland currently describes provider and learner success in narrow quantifiable terms as captured on the national Programme Learner Support System (PLSS). FET practitioners have grappled with the restrictive rigidity of these outcomes and measures of success for adult…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Education, Psychological Characteristics, Educational Policy
Day, Rim; Naeb, Rola – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2022
This paper draws on the findings of a qualitative study exploring the reading assessment materials and criteria used in pre-A1 ESOL classes in the UK and their suitability to low-literate language learners. Open-ended questionnaires and multifunctional analysis of materials were used to investigate current practices and views. The findings reflect…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Tests, Second Language Learning, English Language Learners
Fitzsimons, Camilla; Nwanze, Lilian – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2022
Racism is not an anomaly, rather it is an ordinary feature of our world and is a symptom of white supremacy. This article draws from critical race theory and critical pedagogy to make sense of this assertion and to contemplate possible responses. Using an autoethnographic research paradigm, we draw from our own contrasting experiences and…
Descriptors: Racism, Social Justice, Adult Education, Critical Race Theory
Dempsey, Maeve; Collins, Sandra; Malone, Lindsay – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2022
The Faculty of Lifelong Learning at the Institute of Technology Carlow co-created a Level 8 Certificate in Prevention, Partnership and Family Support with Tusla, the national Child and Family Agency. The part time programme was aimed at Child and Family Support Network (CFSN) members in Co. Carlow. The overall approach taken throughout this…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Adult Education, Family Involvement, Lifelong Learning
Murray, Thomas – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2022
This article explores the nature of successful human rights education through the lens of a single case study. In the context of new legislation governing the right to work, An Cosán's Right to Work Education Project partnered with more than forty International Protection Applicants (IPAs) living in Direct Provision centres across Ireland. Funded…
Descriptors: Community Education, Adult Education, Civil Rights, Inclusion
Coss, Sarah – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2022
This article explores the experiences of a group of women who having achieved success in education and returned to the adult learning environment again. A creative methodological approach allows the women to describe in their own words experiences of educational success and motivations to return to learning. Discussion points predominantly focus…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Females, Older Adults
Flynn, Susan; Collins, Joseph; Malone, Lindsay – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2022
The Faculty of Lifelong Learning at South East Technological University's Carlow campus, is one of the largest providers of part-time learning in the Irish Higher Education sector. A large majority of our lifelong learners, 88%, are adult learners over the age of 23, therefore the perspectives of our part-time learners offer us valuable insights…
Descriptors: Part Time Students, Student Attitudes, Academic Achievement, COVID-19
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Maher, Michelle; Farrell, Tara – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2021
In March 2020 the See Her Elected (SHE) programme moved its political education platform online in an initiative named SHESchool. The purpose of this case study is two-fold. Firstly, it provides an account of how an ability to adapt swiftly to the COVID-19 crisis created a successful online element to a project with a strong community education…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, COVID-19, Pandemics, Educational Change
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