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LSIS Research Development Fellowship (RDF) projects 2011-2012: A consideration of the challenges and opportunities inherent in meeting the needs of learners in Adult Community Learning

Principal focus of the project

The project's focus was on considering how public and voluntary sector learning providers could collaborate to more effectively meet the needs of adult learners. The researchers approached 100 learning providers through questionnaires, interviews, surveys, and case studies of exemplar community consultation events, to ascertain the level of learning among adults across Derby, and to measure the level of collaboration and partnerships in successful learning for adults.

Areas of learning
What is this about and what were the main findings?

The report concludes that collaborative working requires a shared understanding and common goals between the participants to be effective, taking into account differing perspectives and individual member constraints.

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Number of participants who worked with the project
Name(s) of authors

Cath Harcula - Derby City Council Adult Learning Service

Name of associate programmes

LSIS Research Development Fellowship


A research project examining collaborative approaches to community consultation, barriers to joint working, and good practice in listening to learners to assess and meet their needs.

Resource Type: Research report