numeracy

Vocational Training In Prisons

There are many factors that have been explored and documented to explain why people turn to crime. Many of these early criminology theories had at their core, the premise that crime is more prevalent in sectors of society that are deprived and where young people have little education.
In prisons in the UK today education and the attempt to offer skills to a previously unskilled and uneducated prison population has proved successful in part. This work will attempt to discover what factors might put a prisoner off taking up vocational training offered and what measures could be taken to encourage more prisoners to enrol in further education or vocational training.

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Investigating the BBC Skillswise as a Learning Tool

This study is about taking an evidence-based approach to the optimisation of the design of BBC Skillwise in a way that it exploits to a great extent the opportunities made available by the digital technology. In achieving this goal, the study explore how well the BBC Skillwise work in terms of the way learner interact with it and most importantly, how it helps develop a deeper understanding of mathematics.

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What Motivates Learners to Join and Attend Adult Numeracy Classes?

Motivation is what teachers, tutors or educators think of as the distinguishing feature of adult learners from school pupils. Based on their more mature behaviour due to age and past experiences, what we tend to assume is that adult learners come into the classroom with ‘bags of motivation’ and are ready to absorb what we teach. We prepare the resources aiming them to be engaging, interactive and interesting; deliver the lessons using innovative and inclusive approaches, yet we still observe that a couple of learners may have a chat here and there with another friend in the classroom or seem to be disengaged, more so in the subject of numeracy than ESOL, both of which I teach.

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Motivating Offender Numeracy Learners

Despite the research suggesting that around 50% of prisoners rate employment and skills deficit as most important to their resettlement, my experience has shown me that offenders (male) do not always prove to be the easiest or most keen learners in many respects. 49% of prisoners throughout the system have been excluded from school, which more than likely will result in the adult offender learner having a negative connotation attached to education, and may be fearful and reluctant to re-start the process again.

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Can We Improve Adult Numeracy Skills By Changing The Way Maths is Embedded in to a Course?

The problem in my professional practice that I would like to research and explore is the declining or low Maths skills amongst learners who are on the course I teach. Over the past few months I have noticed in the logistics course that learners have strong English skills but there is a trend of low Maths skills amongst the learners.

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