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Ring, Emer; O'Sullivan, Lisha; O'Keefe, Suzanne; Ferris, Fiona; Wall, Eugene – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2019
In response to the exponential growth in the prevalence of autism in Ireland and 95% of all children availing of the universal free pre-school scheme, AsIAm delivered a continuing professional development (CPD) programme, to 311 adult learners. The paper reports on a multi-method evaluation of the impact of the programme on early childhood…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Teachers, Students with Disabilities, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Shannon, Denise – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2019
This article discusses some of the main findings of a Critical Discourse Analysis of two landmark documents in Irish adult education: Learning for Life: The White Paper on Adult Education (DES, 2000) and the Further Education and Training Strategy (SOLAS, 2014) (from here on referred to respectively as the White Paper and the FET Strategy). The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Education, Educational Policy, Discourse Analysis
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Golding, Barry; Harvey, Jack – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2019
Our article was commissioned by AONTAS, The National Adult Learning Organisation in Ireland. Using a critical and independent 'outsider' perspective, we analyse and examine the contents of The Adult Learner journal (ALJ), published in Ireland by the Adult Education Organisers' Association (AEOA) and later with AONTAS1 between 1985 and 2017. We…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Educational Change
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Dowdall, Leah; Sheerin, Edel; O'Reilly, Niamh – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2019
This article is a reflection on the National Further Education and Training (FET) Learner Forum (NFLF). It uses the NFLF as an example of learner voice in practice, retracing the history of the NFLF as a means of reflecting on some of the benefits and challenges of bringing learner voice into public policy. The article outlines educational debates…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Individual Power, Discussion Groups
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Moreland, Rosemary; Cownie, Erik – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2019
University Adult Education previously played an important role in enabling nontraditional adult students to access third level study. Renewed government efforts in the United Kingdom to tackling educational inequalities focus primarily on schools, although the widening participation strategy places an onus on universities to play their part. This…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, Adult Education, Access to Education
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McKillican, Alex – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2019
This paper examines and critiques existentialist interpretations of being within Paulo Freire's educational theory. The principle supposition of the paper is that through engaging in adult education, the adult learner can heighten their understanding of their lives, metaphysically. The paper also posits that adult education can develop the will;…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Adult Education, Educational Policy, Educational Practices
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Kyle, Suzanne – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2018
This paper examines the changing adult education landscape in Ireland from the perspective of community education practitioners. It draws on qualitative research which highlights the challenges faced by practitioners in terms of their practice, their relationship with adult learners, and their sense of professional identity. The findings of the…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Community Education, Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes
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Connolly, Brid – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2018
This article aims to explore the recent promotion of reflective practice in teacher education and to draw on the thinking that has developed in adult education, particularly in feminist community education. It endeavours to unpack, briefly, the foundational theories that are promoted in teacher education and identify the failings inherent in these…
Descriptors: Feminism, Reflective Teaching, Teacher Education, Adult Education
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Wright, Angela – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2018
'Enquiry Based Learning' (EBL), as an engagement strategy to encourage lifelong learning, is the focus of this paper. Participants in this study are adult learners in full time employment who are returning to education, in many cases, after a substantial break. The empirical data was gathered from these students who are studying a master's in…
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Inquiry, Masters Programs, Adult Students
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Elftorp, Petra; Coughlin, Barry; Hearn, Lucy – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2018
This paper draws on the qualitative findings of a PhD study which focused on the lived experiences of adult learners with dyslexia in Ireland. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 adult learners with dyslexia in 2014 and these findings, with particular relevance to adult learning in the recently restructured Further Education and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Students, Dyslexia, Adult Learning
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O'Sullivan, Dan – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2018
This study examines Early School Leaving (ESL) and resilience in young people aged 15-20. It explores effects of negative internalised stereotypes on Early School Leavers (ESLs). Three Positive Youth Development (PYD) programmes were used to challenge these stereotypes in one Youthreach centre. 19 participants recruited from a Youthreach centre…
Descriptors: Dropouts, Resilience (Psychology), Adolescents, Young Adults
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Breen, Fintan; Kelleher, Sarah; Ring, Emer; Stapelton, Seona – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2018
In 2015, an Interdepartmental Group (IDG) examining mechanisms to support access to the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme for children with disabilities recommended the creation of a role of Inclusion Coordinator in early years' settings. LINC, an innovative competency-based adult continuing professional learning programme, is a…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Blended Learning, Professional Continuing Education, Inclusion
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Steel-Hawthorne, Isobel; Trotter, Syd; Bryne, Sinead; Morgan, Melissa – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2018
This case study tracks an established collaborative partnership between faith-based organisations and the local community of North Belfast. The initial stages of the project of implementing a welcome day, a cultural food and activities fest day and an Ulster University led Unblocking Potential programme. This set the scene for social cohesion and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Refugees, Migrants, Community Programs
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O'Brien, Tom – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2018
Adult education is concerned with the redistribution of resources and the recognition of rights held by citizens and to have these rights respected (Honneth, 1995). Mental health is an important domain of rights that are disrespected and unprotected by the state. This article reflects on herbal medicine as a practice in adult education in response…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Mental Health, Medicine, Adult Educators
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Maunsell, Catherine – Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 2018
This article seeks to provide a contextual backdrop to this edition's focus on analysing the changes from the perspective of policy and practice since 2010, through presenting the findings of an in-depth analysis of the life histories of six adult educators, working in the field of adult education in the Republic of Ireland in the decades leading…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Educators, Adult Education, Biographies
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