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Motivating and Empowering Adults Returning to Study.

Bigger, Stephen and Bigger, J. (2002) Motivating and Empowering Adults Returning to Study. In: Further Education Research Association, 24 January 2002, London. (Unpublished)


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This is a qualitative study of students in FE who have attended ten cohorts of Return to Study courses over the past five years, using questionnaires and interviews. This involves people who have done a varying amount of prior study, and includes asylum seekers, ESOL students as well as those aiming for HE. It examines the development of their confidence and motivation through their experience of FE. It evaluates the provision they have been given and draws out examples of effective practice from their views. The study examines the obstacles that these students feel that society, relationships and the education service places in their path. The title reflects the degree of disadvantage that many have to overcome. The research should FE institutions develop the culture to support these students effectively in order to underpin widening participation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: adult education, return to study, access, educational empowerment
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
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Depositing User: Stephen Bigger
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2007 14:25
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2021 09:26

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