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1 1 Scotland Case Study Workshop of Participating Countries Paris, October 2006 Empowering Learners and Communities Prof. Lyn Tett, University of Edinburgh Prof. Anne Sliwka, University of Trier

2 2 Priority Groups for ALN Provision focuses on these priority groups, because research has shown that they are the least likely to participate: r People with limited initial education, particularly young adults. r Unemployed people and workers facing redundancy. r People with English as a second or additional language. r People who live in disadvantaged areas. r Workers in low-skilled jobs. r People on low incomes. r People with health problems and disabilities.

3 3 ALN Policy Initiative r Since 2001 over 100,000 adults r By 2008 more than £66 million invested at local level r First significant investment in ALN provision in over 25 years Adult Literacy and Numeracy in Scotland 'The ability to read, write and use numbers, to handle information, express ideas and opinions, make decisions and solve problems, as family members, workers, citizens and lifelong learners (Scottish Executive 2001).

4 4 Social Practices Approach r The curriculum revolves around the learner. r What is to be learned is based on the key life areas and social contexts in which literacy and numeracy are used. r The focus is on the skills, knowledge and under- standing that enable people to do what they want in their private, family, working and community lives.

5 5 Social Practices Approach to Learning 1. Literacies are complex, cognitive activities that integrate feelings, values, routines, skills, understandings and activities. 2. They are located within the social, emotional and linguistic contexts that give them meaning.

6 6 Three Scottish Cases r Work-based Provision: Haven Inc.,Inverness r Further Education Provision: Jewel & Esk College, Edinburgh r Community-based Provision: Buddies for Learning, Renfrew

7 7 Core Principles of Scottish ALN Provision (I) r Approaches are relevant to learners chosen contexts and goals; r Preferred learning styles are identified and respected; r Learning options are flexible and responsive to diverse needs and aspirations;

8 8 Core Principles of Scottish ALN Provision (II) r Interaction and dialogue between learners are actively promoted and purposeful; r Knowledge, skills and understanding are developed in context; r Learning is presented as an enjoyable and positive experience.

9 9 Formative Assessment in Scottish ALN provision r Learning is assessed through the distance that learners have travelled in reaching their own goals. r Learning goals are recorded in Individual Learning Plans owned by the learners. These record progression towards the goals that the learner has identified. r This process is difficult and requires committed staff who have had good support and development.

10 10 Virtuous Cycle of Achievement r Research carried out by Tett et al. (2006) shows that being assessed formatively on their achievement is empowering. r This is because it enables many people who would not have participated in education to make real progress in achieving what they want in the various aspects of their lives.

11 11 Positive Outcome Examples r I am now able to help my children with their homework and that means we are happier together as a family as Im not so worried about not understanding how they learn to read. r I have got a job as a gardener now that I can read and write better and this has always been my goal. r Learning makes you feel better about yourself you know. Now that I know I can learn I want to go on and do more and so I have now enrolled for a computing course at my local college.


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