Targeting social need in a divided society: an evaluation of a community-based adult education initiative

Ruth Leitch, R. McRoberts

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    Abstract

    This article examines the impact of a community-based adult education initiative designed to target social need in Northern Ireland. Set against a backdrop of extreme civil unrest and disadvantageous socio-economic conditions a cohort of adults was identified to participate in a personal and social development programme. The initiative was funded from Peace and Reconciliation resources made available to Northern Ireland by the European Union. High levels of unemployment and negativity about previous learning experiences were characteristic features among participants. An evaluation of the effectiveness of the programme was carried out and a follow-up qualitative survey ensued 6 months after the completion of the training. Results indicate that the learner-centred methodology was effective in providing a gateway to further education and training and enhancing participants' self-esteem, confidence, motivation, tolerance, social skills, community involvement and
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)71-91
    Number of pages21
    JournalResearch in Post-Compulsory Education
    Volume3(1)
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1998

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