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Will adult learning keep its sharp focus on employment and qualifications or can it become an ‘inseparable aspect of citizenship’?

Jay Derrick. Exactly 100 years ago, it was argued in the 1919 Report, published by the Government Ministry for Reconstruction after World War 1, that Adult Education was essential for a confident, fair and democratic society. Its central recommendation was:

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Voter turnout: how the education system widens the social class gap

Jan Germen Janmaat and Bryony Hoskins. The low turnout of young people in elections is a persistent problem in many Western democracies. In the UK, turnout among  18 to 24-year-olds in the last two general elections was almost half of that of

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Posted in Education policy, Further higher and lifelong education, International comparisons, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment, young people

When students' attainment is mismatched with their university course, life chances are affected

Gill Wyness and Lindsey Macmillan. Higher education has long been thought of as a tool to equalise opportunities, with governments around the world spending billions per year on encouraging disadvantaged students into university through financial aid and other widening participation

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education, young people

How the trade union approach to learning helps workers overcome maths phobia

Beth Kelly. The more collaborative style of learning led by trade unions in the workplace helps people to become more motivated and confident about learning and using mathemtics. Indeed, my new research shows that even long-held negative feelings towards mathematics can

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Posted in Employment and skills, Further higher and lifelong education

UCL’s new BSc Social Sciences graduates offer a global perspective on social change

Claire Cameron, Ann Phoenix, Ashly Fuller, Charlotte Cook, Miya Baldwin. We live in interesting times. News reports from every continent are by turn puzzling, alarming and heartening, particularly as it is increasingly clear that there are deep divisions in how

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