Narratives of women learners who return to education

B46, Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus
Thursday 30th June 2016 (12:00-13:30)
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“Without education I am nothing – for me this has been like winning the lottery”: Narratives of adult women learners who return to education in the English FE context

Presented by Rebecca Suart

Until recently there were 3.3 million adult learners in the FE sector, with women learners accounting for almost two million of them. Yet in policy and research terms adults or women learners have rarely been mentioned. In this seminar I present the findings of my pilot study, where I used narrative interviews and life grids to gain rich data about why women learners return to education and what they gain from it. The narrative biographies gave a much-needed voice to this under represented and oppressed group. The women learners talk of overcoming barriers at college and home to transform their lives. For the women in this study, education gives them hope, freedom to escape unhappy lives and transforms who they are.

This event is part of the UNEVOC PGR seminar series.

Refreshments will provided.



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University of Nottingham
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