Lifelong Education Research Networking (LERN) Phase Two

Grant type: Development (2000-08)
Round: June 2002
Amount awarded £5,000.00
Completed: July 2003
Leader(s): Professor Geoff Chivers
Organisation: Loughborough University
Contact Email:
Address: Centre for Hazard and Risk Management, Loughborough University
Dr Lis Smith
Salford University
John Moorhouse
Warwick University
Mick Brennan
Queen Mary, London University
Start Date: 1 June 2001
End Date: 28 February 2002
Interim report received: 20 January 2009
Final report received: 18 November 2008

The Lifelong Education Research Networking (LERN) Project Phase Two is the second stage of a project to develop and pilot workshops and materials aimed at supporting lifelong learning practitioners in higher education in their efforts to take forward research in this important field.

The first LERN project was carried out in the 2001-2002 academic year. It involved the organisation of three linked one-day workshops and teaching materials covering the principles of designing lifelong learning research projects, the selection and application of appropriate research methods, analysis of findings, drawing of valid conclusions and recommendations, and the writing up of the research in appropriate journals, etc.

In LERN Phase 2 the learning materials from the successful workshops will be presented in electronic format on the Web, to make the material accessible to all lifelong learning researchers in higher education. Learner support will be provided by tutors via e-mail, and a computer conferencing facility will be set up to enable learners to communicate with each other in conferencing mode.

As in Phase 1, the aim is to help each learner take a research project from the idea stage to active implementation within the life of the project.

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