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Posts in the "Research On Adult Education" category

What we can learn from Education at a Glance

Posted on September 15, 2014

Berni AGM - Berni Brady, Director of AONTAS, at the organisations AGM in May 2014.
Berni Brady, Director of AONTAS, at the organisations AGM in May 2014.

 Berni Brady, Director of AONTAS reacts to the publication of last weeks 'Education at a Glance' by the OECD. 

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PIAAC gives Ireland a wake-up call

Posted on October 15, 2013

Berni AGM - Berni Brady Director of AONTAS addresses the AGM 2013.
Berni Brady Director of AONTAS addresses the AGM 2013.

Writes Berni Brady, Director of AONTAS

The disappointing results of the OECD PIAAC survey published on Tuesday October 9th 2013 have wide implications for the Irish education system as a whole and not just the adult education sector.  The CSO was contracted to assess the skills of almost 6,000 adults around the country as part of this international OECD study carried out in 24 different countries.  Literacy and numeracy skills were categorised from Level 1 to Level 5 (with Level 1 corresponding to the lower end of the skills scale), while there were three different proficiency levels in ‘problem solving in technology rich environments’.

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The positive impact of adult learning: proving it

Posted on November 12, 2012

Penny- small - Penny Lamb
Penny Lamb

At The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) we have been calling for a renewed debate in England as to what counts as evidence of impact of adult learning. We believe it is critical that we refresh the thinking and evidence base of the impact of adult learning for current times.  This is driven by two urgent questions:

How do we best protect both public and private investment in learning and skills for adults at a time of economic crisis?

How can we preserve the fundamental ethos to learn for work and skills and for personal and social purposes at a time of increasingly squeezed budgets?

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Making a case for community education

Posted on November 15, 2011

Professor John Field

Professor John Field on the challenge of measuring the value of community education.

Community based adult learning is paradoxical. Everyone commends it in principle, but in practice it always has to justify its place. This has been the case for all of my working life time, so the idea that we need to argue our corner is not new. What is new is that funding agencies now demand evidence of impact, a demand that can only grow as pressure on resources intensifies. And what is also new is that we can now marshall a very clear and powerful case for the positive impact of community based learning.

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New European study gives vocational education and training some credit

Posted on June 13, 2011

445O0976 - Natasha Bailey, Researcher, Seamus Hempenstall, Further Education Section of DES and Martha Bolger, CEFA at the launch of 'More than Just a Course' during the Adult Learners' Festival 2011.
Natasha Bailey, Researcher, Seamus Hempenstall, Further Education Section of DES and Martha Bolger, CEFA at the launch of 'More than Just a Course' during the Adult Learners' Festival 2011.

Some interesting European research came out last week about the benefits of vocational education and training.


The economic return on investment in education is the case continually put forward by different sections within education - whether it is the link between third level education and economic competitiveness, or the long term savings to public services such as health and social welfare. The American academic James Heckman has argued that investment in early childhood education reaps huge economic rewards based on his studies in the States.

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