Practitioners Perceptions of the effectiveness of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning in one specific town within the Blaenau Gwent area
Edwards, Cassie Joan
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This dissertation examines the practitioner's perceptions of the effectiveness of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning in one specific town within the Blaenau Gwent area. lt explores the barriers in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning, the motivation for participation in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning and the strategies used to engage learners onto Adult Education courses. lt provides a brief socio-economic profile of Blaenau Gwent. The findings are drawn from numerous interviews with practitioners of Adult Education, individuals who are on or looking to participate on Adult Education courses and a volunteer worker on an Adult Education course. The results of the study which are specific to one particular town within the Blaenau Gwent locality are discussed along with the relevant literature in this field. Chapter one will introduce the study on which the dissertation is going to be based upon. lt will briefly explain the current Adult Education and Lifelong Learning situation in Blaenau Gwent and will also explain the current economic situation in Blaenau Gwent. The introductory chapter will also explain why I have chosen to study this topic for my dissertation. Chapter two reviews the literature that is relevant to Adult Education and Lifelong Learning. The purpose of Adult Education and the purpose of Lifelong Learning are going to be explored within this chapter, along with the barriers, motivation for participation and the strategies used to help motivate and engage learners in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning. Chapter three looks at the methods that will be used relating to the topic and includes reasoning why the specific methods are chosen. Also, consideration will be given towards alternative methods. Chapter four presents the research findings relating to this dissertation. The issues will include, the barriers relating to Adult Education and Lifelong Learning, the motivation for participation relating to Adult Education, the strategies used to encourage adults into education and gender differences in Adult Education. Chapter six is the concluding chapter which will assess the effectiveness of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning within the chosen area in Blaenau Gwent.
BA (Hons) Educational Studies with Early Childhood Studies
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