Basic skills students should be consulted

10th January 2003 at 00:00
RESEARCH by the Learning and Skills Development Agency has found that the Government's "gremlins" campaign to promote adult literacy may be getting its message across, but not enough attention is paid to what adults really want when they ask for help.

The report said better communication with students is needed; two-thirds of interviewees said they had not been involved in planning their studies.

"There was most satisfaction with progress where learners were actively engaged with tutors in the process of planning content and recognising learning gain," said the report.

Better employment prospects remain a key motivator for basic skills students, but many interviewees also mentioned personal achievements such as being able to read stories to their children.

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