Brotherhood of St Laurence

A response to the DEECD directions paper : pathways to re-engagement through flexible learning options. / BSL

By: Brotherhood of St Laurence
Contributor(s): Myconos, George
Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2010Description: 23 p. PDFOther title: Brotherhood of St Laurence response to Flexible learning options Directions PaperSubject(s): Education Victoria | Learning | Education Social Aspects | Youth Education - Victoria | Social Welfare | Educational Participation | Submissions | Disadvantaged Groups | Social Exclusion | At Risk Children | EducationOnline Resources: Electronic copy
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The government's commitment to improve both the quality and capacity of learning for young people is very welcome. However, the Brotherhood believes a range of additional reforms to current youth support services that go beyond the classroom are still required to significantly improve completion rates and enable a smooth transition to work opportunities. The Brotherhood believes that high quality education occurs in many forms and in many settings. While acknowledging that retention within the mainstream educational setting is the ideal pathway, there is a need to sustain programs educating young Australians beyond the mainstream school setting. The Brotherhood's position on flexible learning options, and on appropriate responses to disengagement from education, is informed by a growing awareness of the value of 'adult' and 'hands-on' learning principles. It is also informed by its experience of successful programs, and its knowledge of the challenges facing providers of flexible learning options, and those faced by young people and families experiencing hardship. May 2010 Include bibliographical references p. 23

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