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Contents of current issue, Winter 2013:
Adult further education: an uncertain future
The government published its Skills Funding Statement in February, setting out its plans for the funding of further education and skills for the next two years. They include a 19 per cent cut to the adult skills budget and the scrapping of FE loans for apprenticeships. With the sector facing tough decisions about how and what to cut, we asked FE leaders and commentators what impact they thought the statement would have and what future they saw for adult further education
At the cossroads: the case for mid-life review
Older workers often lack the knowledge to make informed decisions about career and retirement. A pilot project offering ‘career review’ for people in mid-life found a significant unmet demand and showed how modest investment can enrich the lives of older people and strengthen the economy, write Stephen McNair and Jane Watts
How adult learning can reduce health inequalities
There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that adult education is among the key interventions in reducing health inequalities. Cutbacks in funding for adult learning not only make learning more difficult to access for the disadvantaged – they run the risk of worsening health inequality, argue Andrew Jenkins and Tarani Chandola
'It's brought me back to life': health and community learning
Projects funded by the Community Learning Innovation Fund demonstrate how modest amounts of investment in community learning can produce significant health outcomes for learners, families and communities, with potential benefits across a range of policy areas. Jan Novitzky reports
Seeing both sides of the story
Analysis of data from NIACE’s survey of adult participation in learning and UKCES’s employer skills survey gives us a fuller picture of learning and skills in the workplace. It also reveals a significant mismatch in the perceptions of employers and employees, writes Caroline Berry
Towards a citizens' curriculum
Without life skills we cannot play a full part in society. English and maths are at their heart but the financial, digital, health and civic capabilities which they underpin are also critically important. A NIACE project is formulating a new ‘citizens’ curriculum’ to develop these skills and capabilities and to help adults gain greater control over their lives. Alex Stevenson and Sue Southwood explain
MOOCs: should we believe the hype?
Massive open online courses – or MOOCS – have been hailed by some as set to revolutionise the education and training system, while others see them as superficial and a threat to traditional teaching. John Field asks if the hype is justified and what MOOCs might mean for adult learning
Beyond the ivory tower
In three years, De Montfort University’s Square Mile project has developed a range of partnerships which have put the university at the heart of its local community. It is now seen not as remote or hard to access but as a vital and valuable partner for positive change. Sarah Thomson describes the beginnings of the project, how it has developed and the lessons the university has learned along the way
A question of trust
What and who to believe are crucial questions in assessing evidence, whether we are acting in our professional lives, as citizens or as decision-makers. With so much information and no clear way of organising it, the capacity to make good choices as to who we rely on to shape our understanding of the world looks ever more crucial, writes Tom Schuller
Changing the culture: beyond graded lesson observation
Research shows that graded lesson observations aren’t working and can have a negative impact on the professional lives of further education staff. Improvements in teaching and learning must be grounded in collaboration and cooperation not competition, argue Matt O’Leary and Andrea Gewessler
Recognising the value of vocational learning
The stigma associated with vocational learning routes has serious repercussions, leading to long-term disengagement from education and learning. With an ageing workforce and a fast-changing economy we simply cannot afford to have a generation of workers who lack confidence in themselves as learners, says Jan Hodges
'Colleague, friend and inspiration': remembering Chris Taylor
Chris Taylor, for many years NIACE’s lead on English for speakers of other languages, died earlier this year. Her work on ESOL helped to reshape provision in this part of the sector, while her passionate support for the rights of adults to access learning won her friends and admirers throughout the adult education world. Six colleagues who worked closely with Chris pay tribute
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