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Contents of current issue, Autumn 2013:
Making a difference: the impact of community learning
The Community Learning Innovation Fund has supported 96 projects and engaged more than 15,000 learners. Project evaluations demonstrate the incredibly wide-ranging impact of community learning – and highlight its contribution to a number of critical policy agendas. Helen Plant and Sarah Perry reflect on the emerging findings and highlight some of the outstanding practice the fund has supported
Education is for adults too
Unless we can convince people that education is not just about schools, colleges and universities, adult and community learning’s huge potential contribution to a range of policy agendas will continue to go unrealised, writes Ann Walker
'Politics is what makes us. It’s part of what we are'
Campaigning ahead of next year’s referendum on Scottish independence has, for many, generated more heat than light. Sensing a need for safe, impartial
spaces for reflection and debate on the issues driving the campaigns, adult educators in Scotland have been creating a range of opportunities for people on all
sides of the argument to come together and discuss the future of their country. Paul Stanistreet reports
A question of belonging
A year from now the Scottish people will vote on whether or not Scotland should be an independent nation. Responding to renewed demand for citizenship and political education, adult educators are creating new spaces for learning and debate and finding new ways of engaging with the question of Scotland’s future, writes Jayne Stuart
A sense of common purpose
Teaching for a social purpose is challenging, and can mean swimming, unsupported, against the tide of organisational culture. That’s why the Northern College has developed a ‘Community of Praxis’, giving educators who want to work within the tradition a sense of belonging and shared values, says Lou Mycroft
Forever Young: 50 years of the National Extension College
The National Extension College is 50 years old this autumn. It was the brainchild of Michael Young, who wanted to expand educational opportunity by giving adult learners a chance to learn while earning or bringing up a family, in their own time and at their own pace. His vision continues to inspire, writes Paul Stanistreet
Learning lessons from Scotland on HE access
Young people from disadvantaged background are more likely to enter higher education in Scotland than south of the border. But what are the Scottish system’s distinctive features, what impact do they have on access and social mobility, and what can be learned by the other UK nations, asks John Field
What books can do behind bars
The Prison Reading Group project has been supporting reading groups behind bars for 14 years. Sarah Turvey and Jenny Hartley, who established the project, explain how belonging to a reading community can open up new horizons for prisoners, build empathy, strengthen family and community ties, and transform ambitions
What goes on behind closed doors
Few of us have much of a sense of what happens inside the walls of closed institutions such as prisons, residential homes and slaughter houses. If more of us did it might result in a sea change in attitudes, argues Tom Schuller
Hold your head up high
When Margaret Aspinall’s son James failed to return home from his first away football match, at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989, she was utterly devastated. The tragedy changed her life – as it did many others – turning an ‘ordinary’ mum into a tireless campaigner for truth and justice. She told Paul Stanistreet what she had learned and how it had sustained her in her struggle
Who are the champions? Homeless people, of course
Homelessness is a global phenomenon, affecting as many as one billion people in countries around the world. The scale of the problem is daunting, but the success of the Homeless World Cup demonstrates how small-scale interventions can make a big difference, says Mel Young
Science is for parents too
Too many parents dismiss science as ‘not for them’. A University of York project sought to break down some of the barriers to science education and give parents the foundation knowledge they need both to support their children and to take their own studies further. Alex Brown and Iain Barr explain
In a silent way
A project to get people with dementia and their carers engaged in making art demonstrates the huge impact this kind of activity can have both on what people
expect from life and on their sense of wellbeing. Eirwen Malin and Angela Rogers report
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