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The Learning Journey: Students' Experiences of Further Education in Wales

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This paper draws attention to the experiences of students in colleges of further education in contemporary Wales, tracing their 'learning journeys' over a two-year period from September 2005 to July 2007. Drawing from an in-depth qualitative study, data confirm that the learning journeys upon which students embarked had their own antecedents rooted in, for example, disparate experiences of schooling and employment and, that during their studies, many learners led and managed complex private lives. Thus, being a learner had to be accommodated within students' wider lives and circumstances and often involved overcoming significant barriers to engaging in formal learning. From the vast array of data collected, here a focus group and two learner vignettes are used to illustrate these matters.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2009

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  • Contemporary Wales is at the forefront of research into economic, political and social sciences relating to Wales. It contains both academic and practitioner-based articles, annual economic and legal reviews, and book reviews. Its interdisciplinary content drawing on current research on Wales makes the journal essential reading for students and researchers across a range of subject areas, including political and social policy, history, law, media and languages. Contemporary Wales has published articles in English and in Welsh.

    Mae Contemporary Wales wedi’i gyhoeddi’n gan Wasg Prifysgol Cymru fel llwyfan ar gyfer ymchwil blaengar ar Gymru o safbwynt y gwyddorau economaidd, gwleidyddol a chymdeithasol. Mae'n cynnwys cyfuniad o erthyglau gan academyddion ac ymarferwyr, adolygiadau economaidd a chyfreithiol blynyddol, ac adolygiadau o gyhoeddiadau yn y maes. Mae natur rhyngddisgyblaethol y cynnwys sy'n seliedig ar yr ymchwil diweddaraf yn golygu bod y cyfnodolyn yn hanfodol i wleidyddion, gwneuthurwyr polisi, y cyfryngau, gwasanaethau cyhoeddus, llywodraeth leol yn ogystal â fyfyrwyr ac ymchwilwyr mewn ystod eang o feysydd gan gynnwys polisi gwleidyddol a chymdeithasol, hanes, y gyfraith, y cyfryngau a ieithoedd. Mae Contemporary Wales wedi cyhoeddi erthyglau yn y Gymraeg a’r Saesneg.

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