„Out of the Impact‟Charting the learning journey of a group of adults returning to education
„Out of the Impact‟ Introduction Rationale Context/Study group Methodology Findings Recommendations
„Out of the Impact‟„While the impetus or stimulus to learn comes from outside the sense of discovery and comprehending comes from within‟ (Rogers, 1969, p.35)
„Out of the Impact‟“I’ve had a horrible few years on my own, rearing my children. My husband left and moved in with a younger girl…….. I decided I’m going to make a life for me and the four kids. Do course, get a job and be happy” Lisa “Everyone was saying like you should be doing something…a lot of friends find it hard to believe your happy….but I was perfectly happy at home” Sophie“I was pregnant and dropped out of college…then it was for me to go back , that I wasn’t a statistical young mother” Fiona
„Out of the Impact‟Study Group Age Profiles* 20-30 yrs. 30-40 yrs. 40-50 yrs. 50-60 yrs. Total No. of students 7 11 5 3 26 % of total 27 % 42.3 % 19.2 % 11.5 % 100
„Out of the Impact‟Work ExperienceWork Working in Not Working in Not working Totalexperience Childcare working in other outside of the at time of Childcare employments home at time study. at time of at time of of study study studyNo. of students 9 17* 5 12 26% of total 34.6 % 65.3 % 19.2 % 46.1 % 100
„Out of the Impact‟Educational ExperienceEducational Completed Participated Participated Participated Totalexperience 2nd level. in 3rd level/ in other in other e.g. University adult staff training level course education courses courseNo. of 18 5 8 15* 26students% of total 69.2 % 23.5 % 17.6 % 64.7 % 100
„Out of the Impact‟ Methodology: Literature Review Qualitative Research Case Study Questionnaire 3 x Focus Groups Participant Observation
„Out of the Impact‟The main questions this research asks are: In what ways, if any, does returning to education impact on a group of adult learners? What were the motivating factors behind their decision to return to education? How did returning to education impact on the families of the learners? How did returning to education impact on the identity of the learners? How did returning to education impact on peer relationships? What was the impact of the teaching methods on the students learning? In what ways can we better support adults who choose to return to education?
„Out of the Impact”Methodology: Focus GroupsThe six themes identified are; Motivation to return to study. Impact on the family. Perception of self as adult learner: Impact on identity. Communities of practice: Impact on peer relationships. Teaching and learning methodology: Impact of teaching on learning. Impact of education as facilitator of self-efficacy and positive risk-taking behavior.
„Out of the Impact‟ Findings: Motivation “I decided what I want to do with my life, not just to better my son‟slife, which might sound quite selfish, but it‟s to better my life as well. Iwant that degree, I want to better myself, to have a career, not just a jobbut something I am passionate about, that I really enjoy doing as well” Erin
„Out of the Impact‟ Findings: Impact on Family “My children go to my mother‟s house at nine o‟clock 9 inthe morning…and again I‟m home from work and I‟m ready to come down here, they‟re not home so I don‟t see them until the next morning. It„s hard” Vanora “I‟m in the office now and I‟m doing me work and I‟m constantly thinking – Jesus – I should have finished theironing before I sat down...what time is it now. Do I need to get up and put on the potatoes” Tracey
„Out of the Impact Findings: Impact on Identity“I do feel better about myself and for some reason feel moreacceptable to other people…I feel the classes have given mean awareness of life outside my little world. I‟m mixing with people other than my friends and family…Nobody has an expectation of me” Grainne
“Out of the Impact‟ Findings: Impact on peer relations “This is not so much a class as a community” Fiona“The class are a lovely inspiring group of women from all social and opinion holding groups and there was a sense of being in ittogether…..We talked, gave out and helped each other throughout the course” Erin
„Out of the Impact‟ Findings: Impact of teaching on learning “We‟re not just sitting there. He tutor‟s giving examples of real life things you can relate to. Openly debated opinions, self- expression and even jokes allow for information to be both discussed and learned” Michelle “Give me a hand. I‟m not telling you to spoon-feed me the assignment. I‟m just telling you to be more clear about what we‟re going to do…more clarity that‟s what I want” Tracey
„Out of the Impact‟ Findings: Impact of education as facilitator of self- efficacy and positive risk-taking behavior. “I suppose I‟m trying to do things that used to cause me social anxiety….I don‟t know where it is going to lead, it‟sgoing to take me years to get there. I want to work with kids and I want troubled kids they‟re going to be ok…‟cause I thought I was doolally, you know what I mean” Kate
“Out of the Impact‟In what better ways can we support adults who choose to return to education?
“Out of the Impact‟ Where is the point at which the merely individual Explosion breaks In the path of an action merely typical To create the universal, originate a symbol Out of the impact? This is a meeting On which we attendT.S Eliot (1888–1965), "A Note on War Poetry."