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An investigation into the use of digital technology in adult education - how does it affect roles in adult education?

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dc.contributor.advisor Collins, Joe Murphy, Henrietta Clare 2014-01-08T10:56:13Z 2014-01-08T10:56:13Z 2013
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Adult education and further training in Ire land is currently undergoing reform. The VEC structure is now abolished and it has been rcplaced by Education and Training Boards. Meanwhile digital technology is also being integrated into adult education and bringing about changes of its own. This case study aimed primarily to examinc how thc use of digital tecliiJgy can impact on the roles of those involved ill adult education. In particular, thc focus of the S!!!bl was ~ ro les of adult learocrs, adult educators and likewise adult education management. This research was undertaken at a Further Education Centre (FEC). An online digital lesson on interview ski lls was developed by the research practitioner and a hyperlink provided to the FEC for usc in communications elass by the Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) learners. A random sample group of thirty adult learners. ten from each course, completed the digital lesson. In addition, the participating adult learners complcted an online questionnai re. In conjunction with this research, a focus group discussion took place involving six adult educators from the FEe. Subsequently, the FEC Director participated in a te lephone interview. This study identified that all three groups of participants had specific roles in integrating digital technology at the FEC. The adult learners viewed their role mainly as doing their COUTSCWOrk. However, they wanted to be involved in creating digital lessons. The role of the adult educator was that of identifying leaners' needs and of preparing digital content in line with both learners' needs and with curriculum requirements. The role of the Centre Dircctor was to ensure that an adequate digital infrastructure was in place. Moreovcr, a key finding was that the Centre Director's role was crucial in faci litating collaboration between all involved in using digital technology at the FEC. The findings revealed the existence of barriers to the integration of digital technology at the FEC. However, all three groups of participants indicated that they would like to be involved in furthcr use of di~ita l tec h nolo~y there. Consequently it was found that systemized collaboration within and outside the FEC is nccessary for the successful integration of digital technology. Further research is recommended into best practices for collaboration on the integration of digital technology, both within the FEC and in adult education as a whole. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject adult education en_US
dc.subject digital technology en_US
dc.title An investigation into the use of digital technology in adult education - how does it affect roles in adult education? en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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