ECA’s Alex Withnall wins award for book on older learners

Dr Alex Withnall was recently one of the recipients of a Book Award for her research on older learners: Improving Learning in Later Life published by Routledge in 2010. The book details the research and findings of a two-year project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the aim of which was to understand the kinds of learning people may undertake in retirement and their experiences of education and learning across the life course.

The award was granted to her by the Society for Educational Studies (SES), one of the leading organisations for the advancement of scholarship and research in education. The criteria for the award, judged by a distinguished panel of educationalists, included: the quality of research and scholarship, originality of analysis and argument, the relationship of theory to practice, and the quality and accessibility of the writing. Alex was presented with her award at a seminar in London on 16th November 2011 held to celebrate the Society’s 60th anniversary.

"The award came as a very pleasant surprise as I had no idea the publisher had put my name forward”, said Dr. Withnall. .” I was really delighted to be honoured in this way and also very pleased that as the book is about older learners; the award has drawn attention to the fact that learning really can be lifelong!"

Alex is a member of the ECA’s National Executive Committee.

Written by Judith Robinson

Date Added: December 1st 2011