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Cadogan, Eimer; McCarthy, Liam; Mangan, Mary – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2017
Adult education is under-researched and when quality is researched it is based on summative assessment, having implications for both policy and practice. Courses which deal with parenting often measure progress in this manner, missing out on the experience of learners. The present study uses conventional content analysis to examine the positive…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Family Relationship, Interpersonal Communication, Experiential Learning
O'Neill, Jerry; Cullinane, Susan – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2017
Professional development is a fundamental, if sometimes, overlooked aspect of nurturing high quality adult education. Creating genuine and engaging spaces for such development presents a number of challenges for organisers in any one of Ireland's sixteen Education and Training Board's community education services who work with a tutor body that…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Adult Education, Adult Educators, Community Education
Coss, Sarah – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2017
This article is a feminist inquiry into the learning experiences of mothers in an informal parent support group and asks: What is quality education and how do we ensure we are identifying it appropriately? Drawing on feminist research and incorporating contributions from 16 women, this article highlights how a group of women identify their…
Descriptors: Mothers, Feminism, Informal Education, Dialogs (Language)
McKillican, Alex – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2017
This paper engages in a critical analysis of the educational theory of Paulo Freire. It is based on qualitative research which explores Irish adult literacy practice. The research harnesses the ontological aspects of Freire's theory; his interpretation of how human reality is constructed. Using this as the theoretical foundation for inquiry,…
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Educational Practices, Educational Theories, Qualitative Research
Doyle, Patricia – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2017
The RECOVEU project is an effort to conceive of a quality-learning programme with equity for adult learners in recovery. It emerged in the context of European recommendations that member states support recovering users to access education in order to improve their chances of achieving social integration. However, by privileging the voices of those…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Social Integration, Access to Education, Addictive Behavior
McCormick, Freda – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2017
Despite an emphasis in government strategy on the provision of later life learning, little is known about the experiences of older people in their pursuit of such opportunities. This paper explores the extent to which middle-class retirees' learning needs are catered for in Northern Ireland. Data from semi-structured interviews suggest that the…
Descriptors: Older Adults, Adult Education, Educational Opportunities, Learning Experience
Russell, Lynn – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2017
This case study investigates the pedagogical leadership role of the Adult Education Officer (AEO) in the area of Vocational Education and Training (VET) to meet the requirements of the Bruges Communiqué (2010). The study found that the AEOs interviewed are working to implement a confused system imported from other countries that has yet to be…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Leadership Role, Vocational Education, Adult Education
Fitzsimons, Camilla – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2017
This paper shares the Irish adult educator's experiences of Quality Assurance (QA). Educators are found to be largely supportive of QA but contradictions emerge. These include philosophical tensions, inconsistent moderation and incongruence between the stated values of QA and a more powerful government-led employability discourse.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Quality Assurance, Adult Educators, Teacher Attitudes
Quilty, Aideen; McAuliffe, Mary; Barry, Ursula – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2016
Education is not a neutral process, it can be used to establish and maintain conformity or be part of a process of liberation and social change (Freire, 1979; hooks, 1994). The Irish State's failure to acknowledge this lack of neutrality has characterised the formal education system in Ireland since its inception. From the introduction of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Community Education, Social Behavior
Finnegan, Fergal – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2016
The paper discusses the value of imagination in educational debate and makes an argument for Irish adult educators making space and time to envisage a range of possible futures for the field beyond the terms offered in current policy. It explores this topic in relation to neoliberal educational reform and the broader social context. The second…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Democracy, Adult Education, Neoliberalism
Carragher, Lucia; Golding, Barry – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2016
Despite evidence of the benefits of learning for well-being across diverse groups, little is known about older men's experiences of learning, the factors that influence whether they choose to engage in learning activities and what role learning plays in their lives as they grow older. The present study examines the attitudes and learning…
Descriptors: Males, Older Adults, Learning Experience, Learning Activities
Hegarty, Ann – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2016
This paper critically explores the power of photographic images and photovoice research methodology to support the emergence of narratives of care amongst twenty Irish fathers. In the context of economic recession, the breadwinner role for these men was exchanged with one of at-home father. Men's daily care of children included language and…
Descriptors: Fathers, Research Methodology, Caring, Masculinity
Connolly, Bríd – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2016
In recent decades, adult and community education has emerged as a distinctive discipline in its own right, based on scholarship in the quest for real equality and social justice. This distinctive discipline is already characterised by "really useful practice", that is, critical, creative pedagogy, heavily influenced by women's studies…
Descriptors: Community Education, Adult Education, Educational Research, Research Needs
Cronin, James G. R. – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2016
In the centenary of the death of Patrick Henry Pearse--one of the leaders of Ireland's 1916 Rebellion--it is interesting to reflect on the relevance of his writing for contemporary approaches to lifelong and lifewide learning. Pearse's essay "The Murder Machine" was forged within the tradition of progressive education movements in the…
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Recognition (Achievement), Progressive Education, Holistic Approach
Meaney, Sarah Elizabeth – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2016
This article is an overview of research underway which investigates early school leavers' experience of school exclusion and oppression. Augusto Boal's "Theatre of the Oppressed" has been implemented as a research methodology to provoke dialogue on this aspect of early school leaving, and to afford participants in second-chance education…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Educational Experience, Educational Attitudes, Dropout Attitudes
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