Catching up on adult education news

Getting back into adult education networks after the summer? These links might help in catching up on some useful reading to get back in the groove again.


  • Brian Creese’s contribution to the Institute of Education’s blog, “Adult education: a fundamental good”, is an excellent read. Read it here.
  • Writing on the DEMOS blog, Neil Stevenson argues that ESOL policy needs a re-think. Read it here. The Independent has a commentary on the DEMOS report here.
  • Adult Learners’ Week award winner, Amy King, is becoming an active social media advocate for adult education, tweeting as @GlamChem. You can watch and be inspired by a short film about her here.
  • GCSEs, Class and Inequality are the themes of Paul Stanistreet’s blog here.
  • Research by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills finds that, “Family learning is good for improving adult language and maths skills, but also has a wider impact.” Read BIS research paper 108 here.
  • A recent book by Frank Coffield, Cristina Costa, Walter Müller and John Webber introduces the term Bulimia Academia. You can find out more about the book, “Beyond Bulimic Learning – Improving teaching in further education” here.
  • Finally, in case you missed the WEA Manifesto or want to read it again, you can find the link here.

Any thoughts on issues covered in these links or suggestions of other news we might have missed?

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4 Responses to Catching up on adult education news

  1. infostocksy says:

    Alot to catch up with there, maybe we can log our reading time as CPD in the Intranet, would be really interesting to continually develop and engage tutors and I guess your blogs are one way of doing this – thanks for continuing them.

    I like the idea of reducing spending on translating documents to other languages and instead teaching people how to read english, maybe ESOL needs to be available and promoted more in every WEA group.

    Great to see Amy’s video and the fact that she’s open about her life long health condition and how it impacts her life but hasn’t stopped her incredible personal development and growth, maybe we could do similar video’s for the 2014 WEA Mental Health appeal

    Bulimia academia aligns very well with Sir Ken Robinson’s views on the industrial model of learning instead of the agricultural model ( ) – I agree that learning needs to develop creativity and how to learn and not just purely knowledge banking, knowledge dumping and certification processes !

    Thanks again for ALL the information and insights and I look forward to your next instalment.

    • Ann Walker says:

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the links, Steve, and for the suggestion about CPD. It’s a very interesting idea and I know how much I learn from reading relevant blogs. I’ll have a chat with other colleagues about your suggestion.

      I agree that Amy’s story shows just how worthy she is as an Adult Learners’ Week award winner and it was good to read your blog on Sir Ken Robinson and hear what you think about his ideas.

      (Thanks also for being one of the people who gave me a nudge to start blogging again after a summer break. Feedback is always important when we’re learning.)

  2. Thank you Ann for continuing to keep us up to date. I saw this via linkedin and although I welcome any positive comment about the impact of learning the outcome measures seem to be limited to work and career related rather than life success – maybe this is because some politicians see what they do as a career rather than a calling?

  3. Ann Walker says:

    Thanks for sharing the link Jane and for your thoughts about the outcome measures.

    Interesting to remember that a ‘vocation’ is a calling when we consider the terminology of ‘vocational learning’.

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