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An analysis of the training needs of staff in the further education sector in the Republic of Ireland.

McNamara, Gerry orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-9725-9304, Mulcahy, Carmel and O'Hara, Joe orcid logoORCID: 0000-0003-1956-7640 (2005) An analysis of the training needs of staff in the further education sector in the Republic of Ireland. Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, 11 (2). pp. 155-170. ISSN 1479-7194

This article examines the training needs of educators working in the further education (FE), adult education, and Second Chance sectors in the Republic of Ireland. The research on which it is based was funded jointly by the European Union Leonardo da Vinci Programme and the Department of Education and Science of Ireland and took place from 1998 to 2002. It consisted of a survey of the coordinators of 162 further education (FE) centres and follow up interviews with 13 of these coordinators. The paper concentrates largely on the skills and competencies identified as the key to providing a quality service for the clientele of FE in Ireland. It begins by describing the different types of provision which the FE label refers to in Ireland and then presents some quantitative data which establishes the training deficit suffered by staff in the system. The main part of the paper is based on the interview data obtained, which offers a very complex picture of the skills and competencies perceived as vital in delivering a service which meets the needs of the clientele. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the extent to which further and adult educators perceive personal development and interpersonal communications skills to be the most vital tools in their work. In consequence, it is argued, programmes of professional development for staff in this field must find ways to enhance these skills.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Further education; Ireland; Standards; Competencies; Interpersonal communication; Professional development
Subjects:Social Sciences > Education
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Education Studies
Publisher:Manchester University Press
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.7227/JACE.11.2.4
Copyright Information:© 2005 Manchester University Press
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:21080
Deposited On:05 Feb 2016 11:34 by Joe O'hara . Last Modified 05 Oct 2021 11:21

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