New Issue: Quest – Adult Learning Australia

Quest Issue 1, 2017 IN THIS ISSUE Tips and Trends: Power through power tools — A Women’s Shed that teaches women trades skills is flourishing in Orange, New South Wales. Message from the CEO Board news Learning to believe at Griffith Uni Crunch time at Woodend ACE update Tips for putting adult learning — Principles into practice … [Read More] New Issue: Quest – Adult Learning Australia

Making ‘good’ choices: the impact of entitlement models on up-skilling later in life – NCVER

By Cain Polidano, Justin van de Ven and  Sarah Voitchovsky DESCRIPTION Understanding the responsiveness of ‘older’ workers — those aged 25-54 years — to government subsidies for up-skilling is important in developing policies that can support people in obtaining skills later in life. The particular focus for this report is the first round of Victorian demand-driven … [Read More] Making ‘good’ choices: the impact of entitlement models on up-skilling later in life – NCVER

Older Adults & Learning – A selection of articles

A selection of articles from a vaierty of sources: Ageing, loss, and learning: Hong Kong and Australian seniors / Gillian M. Boulton-Lewis — Educational Gerontology — In this article, the discussion of loss and its relationship to learning is based on the analysis of interview data from 39 older adults in Hong Kong and 40 in Australia. The focus of the … [Read More] Older Adults & Learning – A selection of articles

Brotherhood in the News: The Company of Others: Generating knowhow in later life – International Journal of Lifelong Education

ABSTRACT This paper explores some important aspects of the generation of practical knowledge through later life. It is about the relationship between knowledge generation, agency and capability, developed informally through the life experiences in and through the Company of Others. It emphasises how the everyday processes of socialisation create invaluable opportunities to know how to navigate … [Read More] Brotherhood in the News: The Company of Others: Generating knowhow in later life – International Journal of Lifelong Education

Retirement, learning and the role of Higher Education – International Journal of Lifelong Education

ABSTRACT This article brings together some of the main findings from research on older learners, conducted and published by the author over a period of 10 years. This research investigated the characteristics, motivations and benefits of formal learning. The samples were drawn from among both students and graduates from a London university. Data were collected both … [Read More] Retirement, learning and the role of Higher Education – International Journal of Lifelong Education

Opportunities or barriers? the experiences of disadvantaged older jobseekers participating in training – International Journal of Training Research

ABSTRACT In Australia and other OECD countries, increasing the labour force participation rate of older adults (45-64 years) is seen as a primary strategy to address the current demographic challenges brought about by an ageing population and the retirement of skilled workers. Not all older adults have current workplace skills, yet barriers which include institutional, … [Read More] Opportunities or barriers? the experiences of disadvantaged older jobseekers participating in training – International Journal of Training Research

Holding hands! Intergenerational Programs connecting generations – International Specialised Skills Institute

Extract from report In Australia, there are informal interactions between the elders, in nursing homes and children, through visits organised from local schools and Play Groups running within Residential Aged Care facilities. In 2010 the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) together with the University of Melbourne and Playgroups Victoria received funding for a pilot project … [Read More] Holding hands! Intergenerational Programs connecting generations – International Specialised Skills Institute

Closing the Gap: Australia is failing to meet its goals on tackling Indigenous disadvantage – ABC News

An interactive report by Matthew Liddy Australia has promised to close the gap between Indigenous and other Australians on health, education and employment. PM Malcolm Turnbull says today’s Closing the Gap report is a chance to “recommit to equality”. But Australia is failing to meet most of its goals. SOURCE: by Matthew Liddy, “Closing the Gap: Australia … [Read More] Closing the Gap: Australia is failing to meet its goals on tackling Indigenous disadvantage – ABC News

Socioeconomic and health factors associated with kindergarten retention in Australian children – Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health

ABSTRACT Aim: We aimed to identify key socioeconomic and health factors that are associated with a child’s likelihood of being retained in kindergarten prior to commencing first year of school in Australian children. Methods: We used data linked from the School Entrant Health Questionnaire administered to children commencing school in 2012 (N = 42 002). Kindergarten retention … [Read More] Socioeconomic and health factors associated with kindergarten retention in Australian children – Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health

One in four Australian students drop out of high school, study finds – ABC News

Extrcat from an article by Jessica Longbottom A study has found a quarter of Australian school students are not finishing Year 12, and that completion rates are much worse in remote and economically disadvantaged communities. Researchers at Melbourne’s Mitchell Institute also warn Australia now has a less equitable education system than many other Western nations. “Overall … [Read More] One in four Australian students drop out of high school, study finds – ABC News

Educational opportunity in Australia 2015 – Mitchell Institute

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract An enduring view of Australia is of a fair and egalitarian place in which opportunities exist for all to get ahead and succeed in building secure futures. Education is viewed as one of the main vehicles through which this happens. But to what extent is this true of modern Australia? To … [Read More] Educational opportunity in Australia 2015 – Mitchell Institute

Social Support and “Playing Around”: An Examination of How Older Adults Acquire Digital Literacy With Tablet Computers – 2014 TPRC Conference Paper

ABSTRACT This study examines how older adults learn to use tablet computers. Learning to use new technologies can help older adults to be included in today’s digital society. However, learning to use new technologies is not always easy, especially for older adults. This study focuses on how older adults learn to use a specific technology, … [Read More] Social Support and “Playing Around”: An Examination of How Older Adults Acquire Digital Literacy With Tablet Computers – 2014 TPRC Conference Paper

Unmet demand for training among mature age Australians: Prevalence, differentials and perceived causes – Australasian Journal on Ageing

ABSTRACT Aim: To explore the prevalence of unmet demand for training by mature age Australians and to identify the main barriers to accessing training. Methods: A total of 3007 Australians aged 45–74 years were surveyed using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing. The sample frame was randomly selected and stratified based on the capital city and the rest of … [Read More] Unmet demand for training among mature age Australians: Prevalence, differentials and perceived causes – Australasian Journal on Ageing

VET Helps Victorians Facing Disadvantage Gain Skills And Employment Opportunities – VCOSS

Vocational Education and Training (VET) plays an important role in providing disadvantaged learners with educational opportunities and the skills they need to gain and sustain meaningful employment and to participate more fully in society. Victorians who are already likely to face disadvantage – including vulnerable young people, Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, single parents, older … [Read More] VET Helps Victorians Facing Disadvantage Gain Skills And Employment Opportunities – VCOSS

ANZ Women’s Report: Barriers to Achieving Financial Gender Equity – ANZ

For many years people have been trying to tackle issues around gender equality by asking men and women to change. This approach will not work. What we need to do is to look at the systems that are holding women back from achieving their full potential. And when we’re talking about systems we’re referring to … [Read More] ANZ Women’s Report: Barriers to Achieving Financial Gender Equity – ANZ

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