Second chance learning in neighbourhood houses in Victoria

Ollis, Tracey, Starr, Karen, Ryan, Cheryl, Angwin, Jennifer and Harrison, Ursula 2017, Second chance learning in neighbourhood houses in Victoria, Australian journal of adult learning, vol. 57, no. 1, pp. 1-28.

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Title Second chance learning in neighbourhood houses in Victoria
Author(s) Ollis, TraceyORCID iD for Ollis, Tracey
Starr, KarenORCID iD for Starr, Karen
Ryan, CherylORCID iD for Ryan, Cheryl
Angwin, Jennifer
Harrison, Ursula
Journal name Australian journal of adult learning
Volume number 57
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 28
Total pages 28
Publisher Adult Learning Australia
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2017-04
ISSN 1443-1394
Keyword(s) informal learning
adult learning
Adult & Community Education (ACE)
Vocational Education & Training (VET)
Neighbourhood Houses
Summary Neighbourhood Houses in Victoria are significant sites of formal and informal education for adult learners. Intrinsically connected to local communities they play an important role in decreasing social isolation and building social inclusion. The focus of this research is on adult learners and adult learning that engages with ‘second chance’ learners who participate in adult learning programs in the Barwon and South West regions of Victoria. The greater Geelong region is characterised by declining car automotive and textile manufacturing industries and emerging new industries such as hospitality and tourism. The data from the research participants in the study includes career changers, long term and recently unemployed, newly arrived and migrant communities, young people and older adults. This paper focuses on the learning practices of second chance learners who frequently have negative perception of themselves as unsuccessful learners, but are transformed through their learning experiences in Neighbourhood Houses. We argue the unique social space of the Neighbourhood House, the support and guidance offered by staff and teachers, the unique pedagogy and small group learning experiences allow adult learners to reconstruct a new identity of themselves as successful learners.
Language eng
Field of Research 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
1301 Education Systems
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Socio Economic Objective 0 Not Applicable
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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