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Weaving Literacy Through Lifelong Learning

The British Association for Literacy in Development (BALID) will be hosting a seminar on Friday 18th November 2016 (10.30-16.15) in central London entitled Weaving literacy through lifelong learning The keynote speaker is Dr Ulrike Hanemann, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) on ‘Promoting lifelong learning: incorporating multi-sector approaches to literacy’. The seminar will be chaired …

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The European Literacy Policy Network

The conference from 20th to 22nd January 2016 at the historic Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam saw the culmination of ELiNet’s two year project bringing together 78 literacy institutions across 28 European countries. It issued a call for literacy to be recognised as a fundamental human right.

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NALA PIAAC analyses

Since 2013, Ireland’s NALA has undertaken, and recently published the outcomes of, further analysis of the last round of PIAAC data on adult literacies. NALA were interested in interrogating connections which would allow better understanding and target provision. They explored the three areas of Literacy, Numeracy and Problem-solving in Technology Rich Environments (PSTRE): in workplace …

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BERA SIG (Special Interest Group): Post-Compulsory Education and Lifelong Learning ‘Vocationalism: Past, Present and Future’

I enjoyed attending this intense day recently, which comprised ten compact presentations with round-table discussions, including international perspectives of participants from universities in Australia and France, and the global WorldSkills initiative. Diverse theoretical frameworks of andragogy and associated contemporary issues were explored prioritising conceptualising knowledge and experience in vocational practice. Policy and institutional critiques discussed functionality and complex skill development. Overall tensions included those between vocational and academic; broad and transferable versus situated curricula; judgments …

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Compass/ NUT Education Enquiry: another opportunity to make RaPAL’s views felt

The Compass/ NUT Education Inquiry, established in 2013, is progressing at speed now. The most recent draft interim report Education for the 21st Century sets out the values and philosophy, along with some proposals. The full Interim Report will be published in May. The Inquiry remit will include a ‘fifth dimension’ focused on lifelong learning …

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BERA Vocational Education and Training: Policy, Pedagogy and Research

It’s been a busy few days bunched up. Last Monday, Sai Loo and Bronwen Maxwell, Co-convenors for BERA’s Post-Compulsory Lifelong Learning Special Interest Group (SIG) arranged a somewhat intense day of intellectual input to celebrate BERA (British Educational Research Association)‘s 40th Anniversary. Professor Ken Spours launched the day contending the necessity of a realignment between …

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