Adult education and migration in Scotland: policies and practices for inclusion

Slade, B. L. and Dickson, N. (2021) Adult education and migration in Scotland: policies and practices for inclusion. Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, 27(1), pp. 100-120. (doi: 10.1177/1477971419896589)

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Globally, there is an ‘inadequate’ amount of data on the participation of migrants and refugees in adult learning and education. This paper makes a contribution to filling this knowledge gap by presenting new empirical research and analysis on the broad adult learning and education policy framework for refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland. Scotland has responded to the migration ‘crisis’ in Europe through various coordinated policies that explicitly promote inclusion for refugees and asylum seekers. Drawing on Schweisfurth’s Learner-Centred Education framework, this paper presents qualitative data on four aspects of community-based ‘English for Speakers of Other Languages’: motivation, fluid nature of knowledge in the classroom, flexible delivery of provision and friendly classroom relations. Findings revealed evidence of good practice, skilled provision of community-based English for Speakers of Other Languages and underfunding. Scotland is a leader in Europe with respect to inclusive policy, but underfunding and jurisdictional authority could undermine its promise.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The authors would like to thank the Open University of Cyprus for funding the research.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dickson, Ms Nicola and Slade, Professor Bonnie
Authors: Slade, B. L., and Dickson, N.
College/School:College of Social Sciences
College of Social Sciences > School of Education
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > People, Place & Social Change
Journal Name:Journal of Adult and Continuing Education
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1479-7194
Published Online:24 January 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Adult and Continuing Education 27(1): 100-120
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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