Action 1.15: Views on Adult Literacy Learning
Freedom to Learn is the report of the working group looking into the basic skills needs of adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. It sets out ways in which access to good basic skills teaching and learning could be improved for adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.
From executive summary:
"sufferers from dyslexia" Sir Claus Moser (1999) - medical model or charity model of disability
"basic skills needed for employment or further education" - employment focus
Low self-esteem/low self confidence - a major barrier and one that prevents learners approaching colleges, community support is vital.
"Learning difficulties such as those caused by poor short-term memory, poor sequencing skills or language dysfunction require specialist high-quality teaching. Currently, this is not available to many learners because of a shortage of skilled and qualified teachers." - This is not recognised and specialist staff have low status which comes from relying on volunteers and low level training courses.
Staff need to be aware of facilities for disabled learners - legalities too!
Community education should be recognised - I really agree with this as working with learners on a simple aromatherapy course allowed them to realise that adult education was not like school and they were then ready to move into learning literacy/numeracy skills.
"alternative ways to demonstrate achievement" - yes, Key Skills are not appropriate as too high to achieve in some cases and too close to school experiences in many.