Community comes to FE

18th February 2005 at 00:00
Who uses community learning centres and how can we improve what they offer? Such provision is increasingly valued in FE colleges. It has also been recognised by both the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Executive as an important means of attracting adult learners back to education.

Provision varies considerably between colleges. At Anniesland college in Glasgow, they have adapted a former unemployed workers' centre, already home to a food co-op and a local credit union, but at James Watt's North Ayrshire campus they built a formal learning centre attached to a local school.

The Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning at Glasgow Caledonian university is studying such centres as part of a TLRP programme.

Professor Jim Gallacher, leading this project, says: "It's an under-researched area, but a very important one in relation to issues of social justice and social inclusion."

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