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Ms Orla Walsh, Dr Breda Mc Taggart
Presentation outline Overview of relevant policies Brief profile of the adult learner   Barriers to participation in ed...
Lifelong LearnerLearning for life: White Paper on Adult Education (2000)Workforce development (2010)Hunt Report (2011)...
Profile of the adult learnerNon-traditional entrant (Quinn, 2006)Motivated to learn (Knowles, 1984)Personal Growth (Rod...
Associated barriers to participationGeographical inconvenienceTime constraintsTimetable difficultiesMonetary issuesGe...
Barriers to female participation Psychological demands associated with multiple role responsibilities inclusive of:  care...
The BA Hons Early Childhood Care andEducation (ECCE) part-time programmeSeptember 2006Complex programmeCohort eleven st...
Reflection and changeReflection on practice (Schön, 1983)New programme emerged   A greater understanding of consumers  ...
Current student cohort Viable intake in 2011 20 adult learners One withdrawal due to significant family  commitments 4...
Future plansTemplate for other programmes in the departmentDisseminate programme to wider audienceOutreach
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Can we do it better?A discussion paper on how reflection within a programme team supports changes and innovations to practice

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Can we do it better?A discussion paper on how reflection within a programme team supports changes and innovations to practice

  1. 1. Ms Orla Walsh, Dr Breda Mc Taggart
  2. 2. Presentation outline Overview of relevant policies Brief profile of the adult learner  Barriers to participation in education  Gender specific barriers to participation Original programme BA Honours Early Childhood Care Education (ECCE) New structure
  3. 3. Lifelong LearnerLearning for life: White Paper on Adult Education (2000)Workforce development (2010)Hunt Report (2011)Australian and Scottish Early Years StrategiesPending Irish Early Years Strategy
  4. 4. Profile of the adult learnerNon-traditional entrant (Quinn, 2006)Motivated to learn (Knowles, 1984)Personal Growth (Rodgers, 1983)
  5. 5. Associated barriers to participationGeographical inconvenienceTime constraintsTimetable difficultiesMonetary issuesGender difference (McTaggart, 2012; McCulloch and Stokes, 2008; Lieb, 1991)
  6. 6. Barriers to female participation Psychological demands associated with multiple role responsibilities inclusive of:  carer and employee (Patterson and Dowd, 2010; Aontas, 2002; Howell, 2002; Department of Education and Science 2000; Sperling, 1991)
  7. 7. The BA Hons Early Childhood Care andEducation (ECCE) part-time programmeSeptember 2006Complex programmeCohort eleven studentsTwo evenings per week (7-10pm)12 Saturdays over yearCost approx €2,500 yearOver 6 yearsEarly exitNo viable cohort since 2006 on original structure
  8. 8. Reflection and changeReflection on practice (Schön, 1983)New programme emerged  A greater understanding of consumers  Two full days face to face contact (Friday & Saturday)  Alternate weekends for 12 weekends over the academic year  Flexible learning and delivery  Completion 4.5 years  Identical to full-time BA Hons ECCE programme  Placements can be completed over summer  Two placements, option to RPL one placement if appropriate
  9. 9. Current student cohort Viable intake in 2011 20 adult learners One withdrawal due to significant family commitments 4 new babies born to students during the year and all mothers returned to programme Positive feedback from students
  10. 10. Future plansTemplate for other programmes in the departmentDisseminate programme to wider audienceOutreach
  11. 11. Thank you for your time Any questions?

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