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Scoping the need, reach and areas for policy and practice development for adult education concerning disadvantaged adults

Adult Education: Too important to be left to chance


Research reports and outputs - now available

Adult Education. Too important to be left to chance - Main report (A report commissioned by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Adult Education) (Summary report also available)

Adult Education. Too important to be left to chance. Adult Learner Survey report

Evidence submitted to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Adult Education through the IER formal 'Call for Evidence'

Literature Review: 63 sources of relevant research, policy and practice designed as an 'aide memoire' and/or online catalogue for both individuals and organsations


The Warwick Institute for Employment Research (IER) was commissioned by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Adult Education to undertake a study to scope the need, reach and areas for policy and practice development for adult education concerning disadvantaged adults.

This evidence-based Inquiry gathered the views of key stakeholders, partners and providers on their top priorities for adult learning in 2016 and over the next 5 - 10 years.

The aim of this study was to scope the need, reach and areas for policy and practice development for adult education concerning disadvantaged adults. The focus of the research was on a wide range of adult learners who may be out of work, in work, transitioning between roles and those who are older learners. This involved analysing both quantitative and qualitative findings that fed into the APPG answering the following research questions:

  • How can a greater priority be given to adults’ views to support a demand-led?
  • What practices and models of learning best motivate non-traditional students to keep on going with their studies while other from a similar background drop-out?
  • What do we know already about the added-value, cost-effectiveness and impact of adult education?
  • What policy development is needed to secure the future of adult learning?

Overall, the research will make an important contribution to understanding what motivates (and demotivates) adult learners and what can be done to increase participation and attainment levels. Methodologically the research consisted of: a literature review; an online survey for adults; telephone interviews with leading senior policy makers; Town Hall meetings; and fieldwork visits in differing regions in England.

IER was also commissioned to lead on the Call for Evidence for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Adult Education.

For further information contact: Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, deirdre dot hughes at warwick dot ac dot uk

tel: 0044 (0) 7533545057

 

Project team:

Deirdre Hughes

Sally-Anne Barnes

Partners:

Karen Adriaanse

Project sponsor:

All Party Parliamentary Group for Adult Education

Project duration:

April - July 2016