New insights and new approaches for lifelong learning

Glynn, M. and Thorn, R. and McLoughlin, R. (2010) New insights and new approaches for lifelong learning. In: Technology Enhanced Learning. Quality of Teaching and Educational Reform. , Athens, pp. 675-680. ISBN 18650929 (ISSN); 3642131654 (ISBN); 9783642131653 (ISBN)

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The EU have established a target of 15% of adults participating in lifelong learning by 2020. Whilst some countries, notably the northern European countries, comfortably exceed that target, many do not, including Ireland. Within Ireland the Institutes of Technology (IoT's) constitute almost half the total higher education population and two thirds of part time students at first cycle Bologna (Bachelor) or Level 6 to Level 8 of the Irish National Framework of Qualifications. Whilst the IOT's have the larger share of part time students the numbers of people within Ireland as a whole participating in part time and flexibly delivered education is small when compared to the EU 27. This paper describes the results of a market research exercise undertaken as part of a major project on flexible and part time learning being undertaken by the Institutes of Technology aimed at increasing the amount of flexible learning being provided and taken up by learners. The research was designed to find out what triggers may be used to encourage adult learners back into education in Ireland and so contribute to more appropriate responses to their needs by the Institutes of technology for whom increasing flexible and part time education is a major strategic objective. © 2010 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

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Additional Information: Conference code: 81881; Export Date: 23 February 2015; Correspondence Address: Glynn, M.; Institutes of Technology of Ireland, Fumbally lane, Dublin 8, Ireland; email:; References: Linehan, M., (2008) Work Based Learning: Graduating Through the Work Place, p. 104. , CIT Press, Cork; Schein Edgar, H., (1990) Career Anchors (Discovering Your Real Values), , Jossey-Bass Pfeiffer San Francisco; (2009) EU Report 2009, Progress Towards the Lisbon Objectives in Education-Indicators and Benchmarks; Kelly, D.K., Classroom Research and Interactive Learning: Assessing the Impact on Adult; (1993) Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, the Claremont Graduate School, , Learners and Faculty; (2009) Council of the European Union, Council Conclusions on A Strategic Framework for European Cooperation in Education and Training ('Et 2020') 2009/C119/02, , Council of the European Union, Brussels
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adult education; flexible learning; part time education; strategic change; Adult learners; European Countries; First cycle; Higher education; Ireland; Life long learning; Major project; Market researches; New approaches; Part-time education; Strategic changes; Strategic objectives; Learning systems; Strategic planning; Students; Technology; Teaching
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Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2015 19:56
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2015 19:58

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